Earlier today, we wrote about how Anaheim’s goaltending depth would be tested in the wake of injuries to John Gibson and Frederik Andersen.
Now, it’s a bigger test than first thought.
Per the Ducks, Gibson has been placed on injured reserve with a groin ailment and will miss the next six weeks of action. With Andersen listed as day-to-day with a leg injury, the goaltending duties will now fall to two guys that’ve spent the year almost exclusively in AHL Norfolk — journeyman veteran Jason LaBarbera, and 23-year-old Russian Igor Bobkov, who was recalled earlier today.
The Ducks have three games in the next six nights, beginning with Wednesday’s home tilt against the Islanders. From there, they’ll host the Coyotes on Friday and Canucks on Sunday.
As for Gibson, the groin injury is the latest setback in what’s been a tough start to the year. He was shelled in the season-opener in his native Pittsburgh — allowing six goals on 39 shots — before going to Norfolk to get some playing time in while Andersen handled No. 1 duties.
The 21-year-old then returned to play well for Anaheim in three games, only to get hurt prior to Sunday’s win over Colorado.