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Ducks Gameday: Ryan Miller to start in goal vs. Ottawa

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By Eric Stephens

OTTAWA, Ontario – The Ducks signed Ryan Miller over the summer because they felt the veteran would be an upgrade in case John Gibson were to be sidelined for any length of time.

They’ll find that out when Miller (6-2-4, 2.20 GAA, .928 SV%) starts against the Ottawa Senators Thursday night at Canadian Tire Centre. Miller gets his first start since Jan. 15 at Colorado, but he’ll be playing for the third consecutive game.

John Gibson will not dress as he nurses a lower-body injury. Gibson has had to leave the past two games in the third period. His original ailment occurred when Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler crashed into him last week, but it isn’t clear if that played into him leaving Tuesday’s contest in Boston.

Gibson has not been put on injured reserve and it isn’t known if he will. The Ducks recalled Reto Berra from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Forward Jared Boll was not on the ice for the team’s morning skate at Carleton University and could be assigned to San Diego to open up a roster spot.

Having played many years for Buffalo, Miller has an extensive history against Ottawa. His record is just 19-21-4 in 45 games, but he does have two shutouts, a 2.56 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

“I don’t think anybody can look at it and say ‘Millsy’ hasn’t come in and did the job for us when he’s been called upon,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “Again, that’s the luxury of having a veteran guy as part of your hockey club. He’s not a flashy guy or a guy that grabs a lot of attention.

“He just seems to be about going in and being a – I don’t want to say old pro – but a professional in the way he approaches it. Very even-keeled. We […]    

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