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Gibson to start Anaheim's first road game; forward Jost out for Colorado

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

DUCKS (2-1-1) at AVALANCHE (3-1-0)



The Game

Goalie John Gibson will make his fifth consecutive start when the Anaheim Ducks play their first road game Friday after opening the season with a four-game homestand. They have won the past four games against the Colorado Avalanche, including two in a row on the road. 


Video: NYI@ANA: Gibson robs Pelech with strong glove save

The Avalanche will be without rookie forward Tyson Jost (hyperextended knee), who was injured Wednesday on a cross-check by Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. Jost returned and scored an empty-net goal in a 6-3 win, but didn't practice Thursday or skate Friday.


Players to watch

Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin spent the past two seasons with the Avalanche, who bought out the final year of his three-year contract on June 15. He signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on Aug. 21. Beauchemin previously played nine seasons with the Ducks. Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier will play against his former Ducks teammates while making his first Pepsi Center start since signing a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He went 21-7-4 in 39 games with Anaheim last season with a 2.50 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Video: COL@NJD: Bernier robs Hall with a spectacular save


They said it

"I would say that he's still a work in progress. He shows in some situations how dynamic he can be and in other situations, I think there's still a learning curve to be around the puck more and be stronger on it." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on Rickard Rakell, who has moved from left wing to center

"I think that whenever you play a team that you have a history with, there's an added incentive. That's part of the reason he's playing tonight. We should be excited for him and dig in a little extra for him." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on goalie Jonathan Bernier


Ducks projected lineup

Patrick Eaves -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg -- Rickard Rakell -- Andrew Cogliano

Derek Grant -- Antoine Vermette -- Chris Wagner

Logan Shaw -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Korbinian Holzer -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Jaycob Megna

Injured: Ondrej Kase (upper body), Ryan Miller (upper body), Nick Ritchie (lower body)


Avalanche projected lineup

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot -- Matt Duchene -- Nail Yakupov

Gabriel Landeskog -- J.T. Compher -- Colin Wilson 

Matt Nieto -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau

Nikita Zadorov -- Erik Johnson

Patrik Nemeth -- Tyson Barrie

Mark Barberio -- Chris Bigras

Jonathan Bernier

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Anton Lindholm, Andrei Mironov

Injured: Sergei Boikov (shoulder), Tyson Jost (knee)


Status report

Ritchie, who has missed the past three games, took part in the morning skate and will take the warmup before his status is determined ... Kase was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Tuesday. ... Avalanche forward A.J. Greer has recovered from a concussion, was activated from injured reserve and assigned to San Antonio of the AHL.


Stat pack

Carlyle needs one win to tie Jack Adams (413) for 32nd place in NHL history. ... Andrighetto and Yakupov each has four points (three goals, one assist) in a two-game point streak.  

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