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Ducks’ goalie rotation in jeopardy for game against Bruins

Ducks goalie John Gibson missed practice Thursday because of an illness.

Ducks goalie John Gibson missed practice Thursday because of an illness.

(Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)

The Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender rotation of the last month could need an adjustment since John Gibson was ill and kept away from the rink Thursday.

Coach Bruce Boudreau has alternated every two games between Gibson and Frederik Andersen and it would be Gibson’s turn in goal on Friday against the Boston Bruins. The game is set for 7 p.m. at the Honda Center. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports Prime and can be heard on 830 AM.

Anaheim has given up two or fewer goals 11 times in the last 13 games since going to the two-goalie rotation. Andersen said he’s fine with the rotation.

“It’s bigger than me and Gibby,” Andersen said. “It’s about the team. If we win eight games each in the playoffs, everyone will take that.

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“It’s far from now, but … whatever he decides [for the playoffs] is what we’ve got to support. Everyone wants to play every night, but he’s the coach so he’s making the decisions.”

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa fully practiced and said he’s a possibility to return from a lower-body injury, while defenseman Sami Vatanen (upper body) skated on his own. Center Nate Thompson (lower body) likely will begin to skate Friday, Boudreau said.

Former Ducks winger Matt Beleskey returns to Honda Center for the first time since Boston signed him to a five-year contract last summer. Boston is 23-8-3 on the road.


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