John Gibson will appear in his ninth consecutive game for the
Gibson, 21, has gone 4-3 in eight straight starts, earning praise from Coach
Andersen is expected to come off injured reserve Friday night after sustaining a head/neck injury Feb. 8 when the crossbar of a tipped-over goal unexpectedly whacked him. The Ducks demoted goalie
Another date with the Kings is expected to accelerate the hosts’ enthusiasm at
The Kings eliminated Gibson and the Ducks in a seven-game
Gibson said he feels "fine" despite the recent grind and Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf praised the goalie for his consistent mettle.
"That's what you train in the off-season for," Gibson said. "You've just got to take care of your body more than you usually would. The guys are doing it, so I'm doing it with them. Help them out, help them win."
Gibson said he anticipates Andersen's return as a development that will strengthen the team. Earlier this season, while Gibson was sidelined with a groin injury, Andersen played in 20 straight games.
"Now that we're both healthy, we're ready to go," Gibson said. "This is what everyone is most excited for … the playoffs, right? So we're getting healthy now, we'll see what happens at the trade deadline, but it's nice to have Freddie and I back, and hopefully we can help the team."
It starts Friday night, Gibson said. The first-place Ducks and defending
Martin Jones is expected to start in goal for the Kings after three prior starts by Jonathan Quick.
"We haven't been playing our best, so this is a big test for us tonight," Gibson said.
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