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Ducks hope for good Khudobin in goal vs. Islanders

by Abbey Mastracco /

ISLANDERS (8-6-3) at DUCKS (5-7-4)


ANAHEIM -- Anton Khudobin will start in goal for the Anaheim Ducks against the New York Islanders on Friday.

Khudobin has had two solid games and two rough games in four starts for Anaheim. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he hopes to see a more consistent performance from him Friday.

"The one thing coaches really rely on is the steadiness of the goaltending and knowing what you're getting," Boudreau said.

Boudreau said he hopes to see more of the good from Khudobin. In his most recent game, Nov. 7 at the San Jose Sharks, he stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 1-0 victory. And two starts before that, Oct. 18 against the Minnesota Wild, he made 34 saves in a 4-1 Ducks win.

But in his two other starts he’s allowed eight goals on 37 shots, both Ducks losses.

"When he's on he's quick, he's tracking the puck everywhere, he's square to the puck, he plays bigger than he looks," Boudreau said. "And that's when he's good. When he's not it looks like there's holes all over the place."

The Ducks are looking for more than consistency out of their goaltender. After being unable to protect leads the past two games, 4-3 overtime losses against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday and the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, a complete 60-minute effort is what the Ducks are after against the Islanders.

"When we're on our game and on our toes, we don't make many mistakes," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "Just trying to keep your foot on the gas for 60 minutes. I still don't think we’ve done that yet all season so I'd like to see that happen pretty soon."

Coming off a 2-1 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, the Islanders did not skate Friday morning.

The Islanders have been slumping offensively, scoring more than one goal in a game in two of their past six games.

"As a coach all you can do is try to play structured hockey and I think the guys are giving us what they've got," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Thursday. "We did hit a couple posts, gave up a power-play goal-against and didn't score a power-play goal tonight. That's kind of been the theme over the past couple weeks. We just need to improve on certain areas."

Thomas Greiss, who was in goal for New York's 4-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, will play after Jaroslav Halak was in goal in Los Angeles.

Here are the projected lineups:


Brock Nelson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Josh Bailey

Nikolay Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Steve Bernier

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Brian Strait - Adam Pelech

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body)

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Marek Zidlicky, Taylor Beck


Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Carl Hagelin - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano - Shawn Horcoff - Chris Stewart

Patrick Maroon- Chris Wagner - Mike Santorelli

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Anton Khudobin

Frederik Andersen

Injured: Nate Thompson (shoulder), Jiri Sekac (ankle), Simon Despres (upper body)

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Max Friberg

Status report: Pelech, a third-round pick (No. 65) in the 2012 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut. He was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Nov. 9 but was a healthy scratch Tuesday and Thursday.

Who's hot: Perry has four goals in his past five games. In 10 career games against the Islanders he has three goals and nine points. … Rakell has four points in his past three games. … The Islanders are 7-1-1 when Tavares has a point and 5-0-1 when he scores a goal. In eight career games against the Ducks he has four goals and four assists.

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