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John Gibson skates with Ducks, could start Game 6 against Predators

Coach Randy Carlyle optimistic goalie will be ready after lower-body injury in Game 5

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson took part in the morning skate Monday, leading Ducks coach Randy Carlyle to express optimism about Gibson's availability for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators.

"When they skate, usually that leads you to believe that there is a great opportunity for him to play," Carlyle said. "But I haven't talked to him. We'll wait until he is off the ice and has a conversation with the training staff. And then we'll make a decision based upon that."

The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-2. Game 6 is at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m., ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

 

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Gibson left after the first period of Game 5 because of a lower-body injury. Backup Jonathan Bernier allowed two goals on 18 shots in the Ducks' 3-1 loss to the Predators in Anaheim.

Bernier, who never has started a Stanley Cup Playoff game, stayed on the ice for extra work following practice Monday, another sign that Gibson could be available to play Game 6.

"You go with the people that tell you they're healthy," Carlyle said. "We ask players to come back from injury and we don't ask them to play two minutes. We ask them to play the 60 minutes or whatever is required.

"We're in a win-now mode, and we do that in every playoff game, every regular-season game, and even to some degree every exhibition game."

Gibson is 9-5 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 16 postseason games.

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