With every injury comes opportunity, and rookie Kalle Kossila will get his chance against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
The 24-year-old center was recalled yesterday after it was announced Ryan Getzlaf would be out of the lineup due to a facial injury. (More on that here). Kossila took line rushes this morning alongside Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry. He earned his first career point (assist) on October 24 at Philadelphia and followed it up with his first career goal two nights later at Florida.
"He's got lots of hockey sense," head coach Randy Carlyle said, on Kossila. "He was the best player for our American [Hockey] League team in San Diego. We didn't expect we'd have to use him as much in this situation, but that's what happens. You get injuries, so you're going to have to call upon the depth of your organization to supplement your lineup. He came in, scored a goal and had an assist. It was more roster size than anything to send him back. Now he's back here with the injury to Getzlaf. He will be used tonight."
John Gibson is expected to make his 11th start of the season. He started the first 10 games of the season before veteran netminder Ryan Miller made his Ducks debut on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Gibson comes in with a 5-3-1 record, 2.80 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. At the other end of the rink will be former Duck goaltender Frederik Andersen, who will make his first start in Anaheim as a Leaf. Now in his second season with the Maple Leafs, Andersen has shouldered a heavy workload. He enters tonight's game with a 6-5-0 mark, 3.46 goals-against average and .896 save percentage in 11 games. Andersen had 66 starts last season, a career high.
Though Kevin Bieksa took rushes alongside rookie Jaycob Megna this morning, the 36-year-old defenseman will not play, according to Carlyle. Bieksa suffered an injury to his left hand in the game against the Flyers last week and is still currently on IR. Sami Vatanen or Korbinian Holzer will play alongside Megna, at least to start.
Toronto comes in riding a three-game losing streak and has dropped four of its past five games - all in regulation. The Leafs were out-shot 39-18 two nights ago in a 3-2 setback at SAP Center in San Jose, and head coach Mike Babcock shuffled the lines leading into tonight's matchup. The only line that remain unchanged, according to Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun, was the top line of Auston Matthews, Zach Hyman and William Nylander.
Projected Line Combinations
Video: The Ducks preview the game against the Maple Leafs