Hiller has won 12 consecutive games, the longest such streak since New Jersey’s
"When you don't play so much, it's fun when you play," Andersen said after the morning skate.
He’s 9-2 in net for the Ducks (32-8-5), who have won 14 of 15 before meeting the
"We've had so much success, it's awesome to be a part of, but you want to be contributing, too," said Andersen, who last started in the Ducks' 3-1 loss at San Jose on Dec. 28 and has made just four starts since returning from the minors Nov. 23.
Andersen, 24, said, “It’s been great to see Hillsy playing so well, it’s something I can learn from. To see him battle every night, he focuses and comes up with key saves, like against the
Yielding playing time due to Hiller’s success has left Andersen to work to remain sharp by spending extra time with goalie coach
"It's tough to have the whole team have a scrimmage every day," Andersen said. "Different skating drills hopefully get me back to where I was before."
Bonino, who had 11 goals and 22 assists through 112 games in parts of four previous seasons, has 13 goals and 19 assists through 45 games.
"The biggest games are the most fun games," Bonino said. "Luckily for me, they've been going in the net lately, hopefully that continues. It gives you confidence in this league and you want confidence, it's the most important thing. Whenever they're going in, you play with a little jump in your step and you know if you get the puck late in the game, maybe it'll go in again."
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said the 25-year-old center is extending what he did at Boston University, where he scored a tying goal late that set up his team’s
He also had three playoff goals for the Ducks last season.
“I count on him, I trust him,” Boudreau said. Ducks General Manager “
"You want to be a guy the team can rely on in the offensive zone, and that's something that comes from time … I've been here long enough," Bonino said. "I hope I've gained the trust."
IN NASHVILLE: Boudreau said forward
The coach said Nashville "is tough every game you play them, it's never more than a one- or two-goal game. They have such a good work ethic, and [Coach] Barry [Trotz] has been here 15 years. Very structured, you know you're in for a tough game."
The Ducks’ torrid 14-1 run has given them a nine-point cushion over San Jose in the
Boudreau says no, pointing to the Ducks’ competition with a
"There's not that much separation yet," Boudreau said. "If St. Louis wins its games in hand they're ahead of us. San Jose, L.A., we play two and four more times. If you think you've already done something, my experience is it comes back to bite you."