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Ducks preview: To reach their potential, goaltender John Gibson will need to avoid injury and carry the load

Ducks preview: To reach their potential, goaltender John Gibson will need to avoid injury and carry the load

John Gibson was an impenetrable fortress, swatting away every puck that approached.

He was the hottest goaltender in the league since the calendar flipped over to 2017. For seven-plus weeks, he posted a sparkling 1.82 goals-against-average along with four shutouts.

Gibson gave up only 33 goals on 545 shots, but then, it happened again: another lower-body injury. He missed close to a month, his momentum shattered, only to return for a few games when he found himself on the sideline again with another ailment.

This time, he was out 20 days, and the 24-year-old was limited to 49 starts. And when the Ducks needed him most, in an attempt to stave off elimination from the...

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