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Ducks' Fasth sitting out as a precaution

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau had an easy decision on his starting goaltender for his team's game Friday against the Phoenix Coyotes after Viktor Fasth tweaked something at the end of practice Thursday.

Fasth has a lower-body injury, according to the team. Boudreau indicated it wasn't serious, but the Ducks recalled Frederik Andersen from Norfolk of the American Hockey League to back up Jonas Hiller on Friday. Emergency goalie Rob Laurie, 43, took Fasth's place at the morning skate.

"It's just day-to-day," Boudreau said. "Everything's precautionary in this world."

Boudreau said that he had planned to start Hiller against the Coyotes, even though Fasth is coming off a 33-save win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Friday marks the beginning of a stretch of 20 games in 37 days for the Ducks and Boudreau wants to be careful.

"We got so many games coming up, the last thing we need is somebody to get hurt bad," he said. "If you miss a month, you're missing 19 games from here on in."

Several players did not participate in the Ducks' morning skate so the team did not do line rushes, but all signs point toward Dustin Penner holding on to the top-line left-wing spot -- for now.

Penner scored a pretty goal on a rush with Ryan Getzlaf on Wednesday and has two goals in four games.

"He's almost there," Boudreau said. "He's worked really hard. I give him total credit. At the beginning, give him total blame. But since training camp has started he's been a great soldier doing whatever we want him to do to get to be where we think he can be a really good player, and he's getting closer."

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said his team is fully healthy for its first meeting with Anaheim. Defenseman Derek Morris missed the previous game with a lower-body injury but took part in the morning skate.

"From where we were early in the year, he's a good veteran player that adds stability to your lineup," Tippett said. "When he's in there he adds stability to Keith Yandle, he adds stability to our whole group."

While Morris was on the ice, goalie Mike Smith sat out. However, Tippett said he would start the game in goal.

With a game Saturday at home against the Detroit Red Wings, Tippett wouldn't say if Smith would start both games, or if backup Thomas Greiss would get his second start of the season.

"One at a time," Tippett said. "Smith will go [Friday] and we'll see where we're at."

Here are the expected lineups:


Rob Klinkhammer - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan

Mikkel Boedker - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata

Lauri Korpikoski - Mike Ribeiro - David Moss

Kyle Chipchura - Jeff Halpern - Paul Bissonnette

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Zbynek Michalek

Rostislav Klesla - Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: David Schlemko, Tim Kennedy


Dustin Penner - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne

Daniel Winnik - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano

Kyle Palmieri - Nick Bonino - Emerson Etem

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Jonas Hiller

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Mark Fistric, Patrick Maroon

Injured: Viktor Fasth (lower body), Matt Beleskey (hand), Luca Sbisa (ankle), Sheldon Souray (wrist)

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