There wasn’t much in the way of injury information coming from either team’s camp on Friday.
Neither Robyn Regehr nor Willie Mitchell skated for the Los Angeles Kings, and Darryl Sutter made it clear earlier in the week that he would not answer questions about injured players. Given the information available, it appears apparent that neither will play in Game 4.
The Ducks did not practice on Friday, though there was news that came out from the team’s downtown Los Angeles media availability.
Ducks announce Mathieu Perreault also got hurt last night, joining Andersen and Beleskey as wounded from last night’s game. “Day to day”
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) May 9, 2014
There’s no word on their availability for Game 4, though goaltender John Gibson was recalled from AHL-Norfolk, which indicates Andersen’s injury is serious. The Ducks wouldn’t fly Gibson across the country to have him sit upstairs; expect him to dress on Saturday.
A bigger question is whether Gibson will start over Jonas Hiller. Given that Hiller and Andersen left the ice at the same time at Thursday’s morning skate and Andersen unexpectedly led the team onto the ice, don’t expect a firm indication of Anaheim’s Game 4 starter until warm-ups.
Boudreau will inform the goalies of his decision tonight, according to ESPN.com.
“Well, I’ll have to know before the evening is out, because I want the goalies to know the night before. I don’t like shocking them first thing in the morning,” Boudreau told Pierre LeBrun.
Rickard Rakell and Daniel Winnik are forward options that could replace Beleskey and Perrault if necessary. Forward Tim Jackman is out with a broken hand that required surgery and would not be considered an option.
Johnny Tight Lips would make an excellent hockey coach.