The Anaheim Ducks have recalled goaltender John Gibson from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Norfolk.
Gibson, 21 (7/14/93), posted a 1-1-0 record with a 3.05 goals-against average (GAA) and .902 save percentage (SV%) in two games with Norfolk. Reassigned to Norfolk on Oct. 15, Gibson stopped 32-of-34 shots en route to a 3-2 win in his AHL season debut on Oct. 17 vs. Manchester. The 6-3, 216-pound goaltender has appeared in 48 career AHL games with Norfolk, going 22-18-4 with five shutouts, a 2.40 GAA and .917 SV%.
"I think we're looking at probably the first game back from the trip [Oct. 29 against the Detroit Red Wings]," coach Barry Trotz said, according to NBCWashington.com. "Not too serious but serious enough where I don't think he will be quite effective for us in the three games.
"It's not a six-week thing. I think it's a week to 10 days and he should be ready to roll."
Goaltender Jimmy Howard (groin) might also return to the lineup and forward Johan Franzen was put on the seven-day injured reserve list, according to the Free Press.
Datsyuk was back at team practice on Monday and will decide after the morning skate on Tuesday if he's ready to play against the Canadiens. Datsyuk was estimated to be out four weeks after sustaining the shoulder injury on Sept. 22 during training camp. He would certainly play a big role in boosting the Detroit power play, which is 2-for-21 this season.
Seguin led the NHL with eight points (4-4—8) in three games to help the Stars earn five out of a possible six standings points. He opened the week by recording his fifth career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 14. Seguin again tallied the decisive goal, this time with 2.9 seconds left in regulation, in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 16. He then capped by the week by posting a career-high four assists in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 18. Since joining the Stars for the 2013-14 season, the 22-year-old Brampton, Ont., native leads the League with four hat tricks. The second overall selection by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Seguin has 97-116—213 in 288 career regular-season games.
McElhinney suffered an upper-body injury in his first start of the season Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. He is expected to miss at least a week.
Forsberg, a sixth-round pick (No. 188) in the 2011 NHL Draft, is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in three games with Springfield this season. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .940 save percentage in seven career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Falcons late in the 2013-14 season.
Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for his first career shutout and Sami Vatanen (2-0-2) recorded his first career multi-goal game to help the Ducks earn their fifth straight win and push their record to 5-1-0 this season.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Andersen joins Ross Brooks (Boston Bruins) as the only goalies in NHL history to win 25 (or more) of his first 30 NHL decisions. Andersen is now 25-5-0 in his career; 5-0-0 this season. Brooks went 25-2-3 with Boston from Oct. 25, 1972-Feb. 28, 1974 over his first 30 career decisions.
* Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (0-2-2) recorded his third multi-point game of the season (6 GP) and his six assists ties him for second in the NHL, one behind League-leader John Tavares of the New York Islanders (7).
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic