Jonas Hiller Could Return For Anaheim Ducks’ Showdown With Los Angeles Kings
The Anaheim Ducks will look to extend their lead in the Pacific Division when they face off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night, and should have goaltender Jonas Hiller back on the ice. It is unknown whether Hiller or Viktor Fasth will get the start, but it seems the Ducks are at least in better shape than they were on Friday. The Ducks were handed a 3-1 loss by a Dallas Stars team with little to lose while Hiller was unable to serve as backup to Fasth due to illness.
While they waited for AHL goalie Igor Bobkov to arrive on Friday, the Ducks signed Rob Laurie, a 42-year-old former roller hockey goalie, to a one-day contract to serve as a temporary backup. Laurie took pre-game warmups and was on the bench for only four minutes before Bobkov arrived. Hiller took place in an informal skate on Saturday, and his return would give Fasth a much-needed rest.
Fasth has started three straight games for the Ducks, all against the Stars. He recorded a shutout on Monday and made 23 saves in a 5-2 win on Wednesday before struggling in allowing three goals on 25 shots on Friday. As the Ducks look to hang on to the second seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs, they will need both goaltenders to be sharp. The bulk of starts this season have gone to whoever has the hot hand at the moment, and that trend should continue to serve the Ducks well in their final 10 games.