Good news Ducks fans, Jonas Hiller has been listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. This is a huge break, considering Dan Ellis just injured his groin on Saturday.
The Anaheim Ducks tweeted:
Per Boudreau: Hiller (lower body) is day-to-day, said he wanted to play until end of the period, but Boudreau removed him as a precaution.
If the Ducks were to lose Hiller for a long period, the Ducks would have to result to a Iiro Tarkki/Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers rotation. That’s a scary thought….
Tarkki recently put up a decent performance against the Columbus Blue Jackets, stopping 7 out of 10 shots. In his defense, two of the goals were pretty flukey and the first goal he looked pretty nervous. I would like to see him as a backup, but he isn’t quite ready for a starting role.
Deslauriers on the other hand has had some NHL experience with the Edmonton Oilers. During the 2009-2010 season, he played 48 games, going 16-28-4 with a .901 save percentage. Keep in mind Edmonton was last in the league, and goaltending wasn’t the main issue. Again, I still don’t think he is ready for a starting role.
The Ducks next game is Tuesday, January 10th against division rival Dallas Stars. Hopefully Hiller will be back by then, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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