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Ducks Gameday: John Gibson put on injured reserve, Irvine’s Nic Kerdiles recalled

By in Press Enterprise on February 6, 2018

By Eric Stephens

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ducks will try to salvage a disappointing road trip when they end it by facing the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center.

A 7-4 loss to Toronto on Monday left the Ducks (25-19-10) with a 1-2-1 mark after a win in Boston got the trip off to a good start. Three consecutive losses have taken place since and just one point was secured among them with last week’s overtime defeat in Ottawa.

It appears Ryan Miller (6-4-5, 2.67 GAA, .915 SV%) will get right back in net, based on what the goalie told Buffalo-area reporters at the team’s very optional morning skate. Miller allowed six goals on 39 shots to the Maple Leafs on Monday and is now dealing with two straight subpar games after being pulled early in Montreal.

This is a chance for a rebound start in a place Miller knows all too well, having starred often over 12 seasons in Buffalo and winning the 2010 Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie. It will be his second game as a visiting player after having returned with Vancouver more than two years ago.

John Gibson (lower body) skated Monday morning for the first time since being forced to leave last week’s game in Boston due to injury. Carlyle wouldn’t clarify if his top netminder was to the point of being available to dress. It became apparent Tuesday he isn’t when the Ducks put him on injured reserve.

Lack of discipline marked losses in Ottawa and Montreal. Turnovers and defensive breakdowns plagued their defeat in Toronto. William Nylander and Auston Matthews each scored two goals to ruin a night where Rickard Rakell had two goals and Corey Perry tied a career high with four assists.

The Ducks didn’t feel they got caught up in Toronto’s run-and-gun style of […]    

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