ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks will go back to goaltender Jonas Hiller Friday against the Nashville Predators.
It wasn't much of a surprise given Hiller has had three games off, but there was some thought the Ducks might continue to ride rookie backup Frederik Andersen, who went 3-0-0 in place of Hiller and is 19-5-0.
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau wanted to give Hiller time off and felt he was ready after a high-energy practice Thursday.
"We were thinking that he just needed a mental rest, not a physical rest," Boudreau said. "He'll be back in. He's been very sharp in practice the last two games. We're expecting a big game from him tonight."
Boudreau will add an offensive wrinkle to Anaheim's game plan. Right wing Teemu Selanne and center Saku Koivu took line rushes together, along with left wing Andrew Cogliano. The two Finns were paired when Koivu first signed with Anaheim in 2009, but the chemistry never really materialized like it had in international competition.
Boudreau, asked about his expectations of the duo, said, "I expect them to play good."
Forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin did not skate Friday but are expected to play. Defenseman Mark Fistric has been dealing with a lower-body nerve injury since March 15 but is expected to be back in the coming days.
"Come Friday or Saturday, we'll be reconditioning him and he should be fine," Boudreau said.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz ruled out defenseman Seth Jones and center Paul Gaustad, who are out with a concussion and an upper-body injury, respectively.
"They're doing good," Trotz said. "I expect them to play [Saturday at the San Jose Sharks]."
Trotz confirmed goalie Pekka Rinne will start. Rinne is one win away from tying Tomas Vokoun's franchise record of 161. After missing 51 games with a hip injury, Rinne is still looking to find consistency in his game, something his coach addressed after practice.
"There are nights Pekka Rinne will be the Pekka Rinne of old, and there's other nights he won't be as good as he can be and has been," Trotz said. "It's a difficult position for him to be in. It's no disrespect. He cares so much and tries so hard that sometimes it works against him because he gets frustrated because he has very high expectations. … I expect him to just battle through because, to me, he's an ultimate pro."
Here are the projected lineups for the Predators and Ducks:
Matt Cullen – Mike Fisher – Patric Hornqvist
Gabriel Bourque – Calle Jarnkrok – Craig Smith
Nick Spaling – Colin Wilson – Viktor Stalberg
Rich Clune – Colton Sissons – Eric Nystrom
Roman Josi – Shea Weber
Michael Del Zotto – Victor Bartley
Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis
Injured: Seth Jones (concussion), Paul Gaustad (upper body), Patrick Eaves (lower body)
Nick Bonino – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Teemu Selanne – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Kyle Palmieri
Daniel Winnik – Rickard Rakell – Tim Jackman
Francois Beauchemin – Stephane Robidas
Hampus Lindholm - Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Luca Sbisa
Scratched: Matt Beleskey, Sami Vatanen
Injured: Cam Fowler (knee), Mark Fistric (lower body), Sheldon Souray (wrist)