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Ducks stick with Andersen; Sbisa, Selanne in lineup

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- Speculation the Anaheim Ducks would turn back to veteran goalie Jonas Hiller ended when goalie Frederik Andersen came off the ice first Friday morning.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said the rookie will start Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

Andersen was pulled in the third period of Game 4 in favor of Hiller, who made his series debut and faced one shot. Andersen's first poor game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs opened the possibility Hiller would reclaim the starting job, at least for Game 5.

"That might have been Andersen's first bad game in an awful long time, and I think he'll bounce back and do a real good job tonight," Boudreau said.

"I think he knows I have full confidence, so I don't think that was an issue. I don't think I had to go over it and say, 'Hey Freddie, I've got a lot of faith in you.' I think that's sort of a given from the amount of time he's played this year, and the amount of big games he's played in."

Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa will make his series debut, and it appears dynamic rookie Hampus Lindholm will sit out after he played a playoff-low 12:37 minutes in Game 4. Sbisa has been beset by injuries this season and never was a regular part of the lineup; he does have 12 games of playoff experience. He took line rushes with defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who is Lindholm's usual partner.

"He's played in these games before," Boudreau said of Sbisa. "He can be a physical defenseman when needed … when he's been at his best, he's a top-four defenseman. We're hoping that's going to happen tonight."

Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon remains questionable with a lower-body injury. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Dillon "looks pretty good to me" but noted Dillon hadn't had a demanding practice yet.

Ruff said defenseman Patrik Nemeth is questionable with an upper-body injury. The Stars will skate seven defensemen in warm-ups.

Dillon has yet to make his series debut and is itching to get in.

"I was good on Easter Sunday," Dillon said. "I was getting my prayers in."

Dillon also said, "I think Sunday's probably more realistic (Game 6), but at the same time, if I can get in tonight, I want to get in. I've been trying to get better and show that I can play."

It was difficult to determine Anaheim's scratches because players came off the ice at the same time. But it's certain right wing Teemu Selanne will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 4. Selanne said he turned the page on it.

"Absolutely," Selanne said. "I'm a very positive guy. It's not the end of the world. It's a new opportunity today. There's no hard feelings. It's a business, you know, and go from there. It's fun."

Here are the projected lineups:


Jamie BennTyler SeguinAlex Chiasson

Antoine RousselCody Eakin - Ryan Garbutt

Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour

Ray WhitneyChris MuellerValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley

Patrik NemethJordie Benn

Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen

Tim Thomas

Scratched: Erik Cole, Dustin Jeffrey, Aaron Rome

Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)


Devante Smith-PellyRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Jakob SilfverbergSaku KoivuAndrew Cogliano

Patrick MaroonMathieu PerreaultTeemu Selanne

Daniel Winnik - Nick BoninoKyle Palmieri

Luca SbisaFrancois Beauchemin

Cam FowlerBen Lovejoy

Bryan AllenMark Fistric

Frederik Andersen

Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, Emerson Etem

Injured: Matt Beleskey (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg), Tim Jackman (hand), Sheldon Souray (wrist)

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