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Ducks Gameday: John Gibson moving past injury, expected to start vs. Oilers

By in Press Enterprise on February 9, 2018

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM – Indications are the Ducks will have John Gibson available for their game against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center on Friday night.

Tradition often has a team’s starting goalie leave the ice first after its morning skate and Gibson (18-14-5, 2.63 GAA, .922 SV%) did so Friday after showing no issues when facing shots from his teammates.

A lower-body injury that forced him out of their Jan. 30 game in Boston kept Gibson out of uniform the last four games, but he’s taken part in on-ice workouts all week. It is the first injury that has sidelined him for any notable length of time this season.

If Gibson is indeed activated, Nic Kerdiles will likely head back to San Diego (AHL). Kerdiles was called up on Monday but did not play in Buffalo and isn’t expected to draw in against Edmonton. The Ducks (26-19-10) can also return Berra to the Gulls without having to send him through waivers.

This is the second of four meetings with the Oilers this season. Edmonton took a 2-1 shootout victory on Jan. 4 at Rogers Place, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins getting the decisive score. Gibson was strong on that night until the shootout as he stopped 33 of 34 shots in overtime and regulation.

Leading scorer Rickard Rakell is on a tear with points in five straight games. His hot stretch extends back to scoring against Pittsburgh on Jan. 17 as he has seven goals and six assists over 10 contests. The winger paces the Ducks with 22 goals and 45 points.

On the other side of the ledger is Nick Ritchie, who has one goal in 29 games. Ritchie has only four this season after getting 14 a year ago.

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