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Ducks turn to Andersen for Game 3 vs. Predators

Gibson replaced in Anaheim goal; Nashville can grab first 3-0 series lead

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent


Western Conference First Round 

Predators lead best-of-7 series 2-0

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, USA, PRIME, FS-TN, SN360, TVA Sports 2

NASHVILLE - Goalie Frederik Andersen will be in net for the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Ducks goaltender John Gibson started the first two games and lost each by a 3-2 score. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said the switch to Andersen isn't an indictment of Gibson's play in the first two games.

"With Andersen, it's easy for me to say we've been going two on, two off," Boudreau said. "But at the same time, if [Andersen] had played the first two and we had lost, no matter how he played in both games I would have changed that up as well. It's not anything [Gibson] is doing. It's more changing it to hopefully get our team playing a little bit better." 

Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff will make his series debut Tuesday. Boudreau said Horcoff gives Anaheim's lineup additional experience, which could be particularly useful since the Ducks are in a desperate situation. Horcoff will likely replace forward Chris Wagner on the Ducks' fourth line.

"Looking forward to it," Horcoff said. "I've been chomping at the bit, so I think tonight obviously we're in a desperate game. We need to have everyone tonight going on the same page, and it's a big game for us." 

The Predators are trying to take a 3-0 series lead for the first time in franchise history. They are expecting the Ducks to play their best game of the series and will try to feed off of the home crowd to match that energy.

"We're expecting a really good game tonight," Predators forward Mike Fisher said. "We know we're going to get their best, and we've got to be ready. We've got to play better. I think our fans are going to be jacked up. We're all excited to see it tonight." 

Here are the projected lineups:


David Perron - Ryan Getzlaf - Chris Stewart

Jamie McGinn - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt - Nate Thompson - Shawn Horcoff

Cam Fowler - Simon Despres

Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa

Sami Vatanen - Shea Theodore

Frederik Andersen

John Gibson

Scratched: Chris Wagner, Mike Santorelli, Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Josh Manson (upper body), Brandon Pirri (upper body), Clayton Stoner (undisclosed)


Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - James Neal

Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Viktor Arvidsson

Miikka Salomaki - Paul Gaustad - Cody Bass

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Barret Jackman - Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Eric Nystrom, Austin Watson, Petter Granberg, Colton Sissons

Injured: Gabriel Bourque (upper body)

Status report: Boudreau said the Ducks need to do a better job of staying disciplined after the whistle, and that will be an emphasis for them in Game 3. … The Predators are expected to go with the same lineup from the first two games of the series.

Who's hot: Cogliano has one goal and two assists in the series and is the only Ducks player with multiple points in the first two games. … Forsberg has one goal and two assists in the series.

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