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Andersen to start in goal for Ducks in Game 1

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- Frederik Andersen stood tall, literally and figuratively, in goal during the regular season. The Anaheim Ducks would like that to continue in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Andersen will start Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-SW, FS-W). It was a foregone conclusion that Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed at the morning skate.

"I just think, right now, Andersen's played the best," Boudreau said. "He gives us the best chance to win, so he'll be the one starting. It doesn't mean he'll be starting Game 2, but he's starting Game 1."

Andersen will make his NHL postseason debut.

"We've played him in an awful lot of tough towns," Boudreau said. "We played him twice in St. Louis, twice in San Jose. He's played twice in L.A. The teams in the Western Conference that have been tough places to play … we feel very comfortable with him in net."

Andersen, 24, said he was told "during the last couple of games" that he would start Game 1 instead of Jonas Hiller or John Gibson. Boudreau didn't know who would serve as backup. It's an impressive rise for the 6-foot-4 Andersen.

"In the summer you work toward earning a spot, and when you're in a spot you want to take the next step and stay," Andersen said. "When you get up here on a daily basis you want to push yourself … everything is steps. I think it's been good so far."

Anaheim is ready to expunge memories of last season's first-round loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Forward Teemu Selanne, who will play in his 118th playoff game, said there was a different feeling when he came to the rink.

"It's like a racehorse in the morning, on race day," Selanne said. "That's a good thing."

Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon did not skate and remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury, coach Lindy Ruff said.

"He's just not able to skate," Ruff said. "He's not comfortable to enough to skate."

Here are the projected lineups:


Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin

Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt

Erik ColeVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour

Ray WhitneyShawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley

Patrik NemethJordie Benn

Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen

Tim Thomas

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Mueller, Kevin Connatuon

Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Rich Peverley (heart)


Matt BeleskeyRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Jakob SilfverbergSaku KoivuAndrew Cogliano

Daniel WinnikNick BoninoKyle Palmieri

Patrick MaroonMathieu PerreaultTeemu Selanne

Hampus LindholmFrancois Beauchemin

Cam FowlerBen Lovejoy

Bryan AllenStephane Robidas

Frederik Andersen

Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Sami Vatanen, Rickard Rakell, Devante Smith-Pelly

Injured: Mark Fistric (lower body), Tim Jackman (hand), Sheldon Souray (wrist)

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