Bryzgalov, 34, was hammered for six goals Dec. 19 in Ottawa, 10 days after being lured from free-agent limbo while living in New Jersey and signed by Anaheim.
“He’s in shape now, has had a lot of practices,” Ducks Coach
"He's practiced well and hard, is part of our team and we have to get him in sooner rather than later. What better way to test him than against the best?"
The Rangers, with stalwart
Following previous backup John Gibson’s groin injury and subsequent minor-league assignment, Ducks starting goalie
Bryzgalov, a 2000 Ducks’ draft pick who played last season for the
“We used that time,” since the Ottawa loss “to get myself in good physical shape, with good movement,” Bryzgalov said. “We tried to bring me to good hockey condition. Lots of workouts, lots of time on ice with [goalie coach
"When you work and work hard, with every save, you put 25 cents in a bank. You get more confidence."
Boudreau said the need for an effective backup is real, with three games Jan. 14-17, and four back-to-backs between Jan. 29 and March 4.
AS FOR GIBSON: At minor-league Norfolk, Gibson, 21, has played in six games. He's 2-2-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average.
"He's been great every time he's been in … there hasn't been a game he hasn't stolen the show or been the difference," Boudreau said. "He's right on track of being the goalie everybody hopes he'll be."
Boudreau said the Ducks' light January schedule will allow Gibson to play routinely while showing he's fully recovered.