A rather big story is quietly developing in Anaheim, where rookie Frederik Andersen has emerged as the favorite to start in goal for the Ducks when they kick off their first-round series Wednesday versus Dallas.
Andersen is 20-5-0 with a .923 save percentage, excellent numbers to be sure. But if Bruce Boudreau does decide to give the 24-year-old Dane the nod, the decision will be more about veteran Jonas Hiller’s late-season struggles.
Rookie John Gibson is another option for the coach.
“We’re in position with three good goalies,” Boudreau said, per the L.A. Times. “I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.”
Maybe not, but the Ducks have high hopes after earning the top seed in the West, and Andersen only has 24 career NHL starts to his name.
“It’s my first time being part of the NHL playoffs, now the fun starts,” Andersen said. “I feel good, and if I’m called upon, I’ll feel comfortable going in.”
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin await.