Turns out the injury suffered by Frederik Andersen on Sunday is more serious than first thought.
Andersen, originally listed as day-to-day with an upper-body ailment, has been placed on injured reserve by Anaheim and will miss the club’s next three games. In a corresponding move, the Ducks have recalled John Gibson from AHL Norfolk.
Andersen was initially hurt during the third period of Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay when the goal fell on top of him midway through the frame. Ilya Bryzgalov came on in relief.
While losing Andersen netminder will hurt — the Danish netminder has been a workhorse this year, and sits tied for fifth among all goalies with 44 games played — Anaheim is in a good position with Gibson, the 21-year-old prospect who played three regular season and four playoff games a year ago.
Gibson started out the year in Anaheim but was dispatched to AHL Norfolk after just four games. He’s been very good in the American league, going 6-3-2 with a 2.07 GAA and .935 save percentage despite missing extensive time with a lower-body ailment.