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Ducks Gameday: Will John Gibson Make His NHL Debut This Weekend?

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Frederik Andersen assigned to Norfolk Admirals, John Gibson called up to backup Hiller. Ducks @ Coyotes.

Nick Laham


Anaheim Ducks
@ Phoenix Coyotes

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014, 5:00 PM PST
Jobing.com Arena

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Goaltender Frederik Andersen was sent back down to the AHL's Norfolk Admirals on Friday in a move that seemed to surprise a few folks, and goalie prospect John Gibson was called up to take his place.

The explanation was that Andersen had only played twice in the last three weeks or so, and this move would get him some ice time. Its also to help rebuild his confidence after some shakey play agaisnt Nashville on Thursday.

With Anaheim playing two back-to-back games this weekend, first against Phoenix tonight and then against Detroit on Sunday, it is not unlikely that John Gibson will see his NHL debut. With the Coyotes being the better of the two opponent this season, it is very unlikely that Hiller doesn't get the start tonight. But, on the other hand, with the Red Wings being hot garbage even in a weak division this season, and after the Ducks took a 5-2 victory without breaking a sweat in our previous meet-up this season, it wouldn't be too absurd to see Gibson get his start.

Our record being what it is, it's not like we can't afford to give him a go.

Your thoughts?

Gameday Prediction

Hiller in net tonight, takes a Mike Smith-esque dive.

Classic Moment

To help commemorate the Ducks' 20th year this season, each gameday I'll be posting a clip of a classic moment from the team's history against that night's opponent. Here is today's...

Typical cheapshot from Shane Doan on Dan Sexton that led to a 3-game suspension for Doan. October 17, 2010.