News: The Ducks reassigned LaBarbera to AHL Norfolk on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Labarbera filled in for John Gibson as Frederik Andersen's backup for a while, but will return to the minors, where he's expected to spend most of the season.
News: The Ducks recalled Gibson from AHL Norfolk on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Gibson earned the first start of the season for the Ducks, but gave up six goals on 39 shots in a loss to the Penguins. He'll return from the AHL and try to prove himself once again when he gets the opportunity. Gibson went 1-1, allowing two goals on 61 shots for a .902 save mark, in his two games with Norfolk.
News: Allen (lower body) was able to participate in practice Monday, the Ducks' official site reports.
Impact: Allen has not yet appeared in game action this season due to his unspecified lower-body ailment. The 34-year-old mentioned after Monday's practice that he prefers to err on the side of caution rather than rush back to the ice as quick as possible, so it's still undetermined when he will make his season debut.
News: Anaheim reassigned LaBarbera to their AHL affiliate in Norfolk.
Impact: LaBarbera has absolutely zero fantasy value.
News: The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Gibson from a brief stint in the minors.
Impact: Gibson hasn't played for Anaheim since giving up six goals in a season-opening loss to Pittsburgh. The Ducks haven't lost since, with Frederik Andersen winning five straight starts for the two-time defending Pacific Division champions. Gibson got a brief assignment to the AHL to keep his game sharpness. The 21-year-old American is considered one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey after briefly playing with the Ducks last season.
News: Andersen earned his first career shutout Sunday night, stopping 28 shots in Anaheim's 3-0 win over St. Louis.
Impact: Since taking over the starting goaltender duties from John Gibson, who allowed six goals in the Ducks' season opener, Andersen has been lights out. Sunday marked his fifth consecutive victory, and his 1.38 goals against average ranks second among goalies with at least four starts.
News: Vatanen scored two goals in Anaheim's 3-0 win over St. Louis.
Impact: Vatenen, 23, had only eight career goals prior to Sunday's performance. He leads Ducks defensemen with five points.
News: Beleskey scored his fourth goal in five games in Sunday's win over the Blues.
Impact: Although he doesn't see much power-play time, Beleskey is looking great, even after moving off the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Even as the Ducks look to give Devante Smith-Pelly more of look on the top line, Beleskey should at least continue to mix in occasionally.
News: Getzlaf assisted on both of Sami Vatanen's power-play goals in Sunday's win over the Blues.
Impact: Getzlaf now has two goals and eight points to go with a plus-1 rating in six games this season. The 29-year-old center is well on his way to another 80-point season with a Ducks team that hasn't lost since opening night.
News: Anderson made 28 saves for his first career shutout in Sunday's win over St.Louis.
Impact: With the victory, Andersen joins Ross Brooks as the only goalies in NHL history to win 25 (or more) of their first 30 NHL decisions. Andersen is now 5-0-0 to start the season with a .950 save percentage and 1.31 GAA. You can't do much better right now, as Andersen is playing lights out behind a red-hot Anaheim team.
News: Vatanen scored two-power-play goals and earned first star honors in Sunday's win over the Blues.
Impact: Vatanen is a machine with the man advantage, netting all five of his points this season on the power play. After posting six goals and 21 points in just 48 games last season, the 23-year-old is well on his way to a career year.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Andersen will be the starting goaltender in Sunday's game against the Blues, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
Impact: Andersen, who owns a nifty 1.72 GAA, will be looking for his fifth consecutive victory to start the season. He will take on an inconsistent Blues squad that has scored 10 goals in its two victories this season, but just two goals in its two defeats.
News: Fowler picked up an assist in Friday's home win over the Wild.
Impact: That's three straight games with an assist for the young American defenseman, who should compete with Sami Vatanen to be the Ducks' top offensive threat from the back end this season. Fowler isn't seeing top power-play time with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler yet, but he'll likely supplant Vatanen in this role if Vatanen should stumble.
Andrew Cogliano - #7 - Center - 5'10" - 181lbs
News: Cogliano bagged his first goal of the season in Friday's win over the Wild.
Impact: Cogliano's short-handed tally tied the game at one apiece before Corey Perry scored the game-winner approximately seven and a half minutes later. In addition, Cogliano's goal denied the Wild's bid to become the second team in NHL history to open the season with three consecutive shutouts. However, with just one point and a neutral rating through five games, Cogliano will need to start picking up the pace offensively if he hopes to match last season's 42-point outburst.
News: Perry scored the game-winning goal in Friday's comeback victory over the Wild.
Impact: Perry's tiebreaker came with 8:25 left in the third period, with the winger capitalizing on a turnover by the Wild's Jason Zucker. With five goals in five games, Perry looks on track to once again finish among the league leaders in that category.
News: Andersen stopped 27 of 28 shots in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Wild.
Impact: The stellar performance and a late rally by his offense allowed Andersen to improve his record to 4-0 on the campaign and an incredible 24-5-0 during his brief career. The young goalie has allowed no more than three goals in any of his four starts this season, solidifying his stranglehold on the No. 1 job.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Andersen will get the start for Friday's home opener against the Wild, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The banishment of John Gibson to AHL Norfolk for the weekend signals that Andersen is the clear No. 1 goalie in Anaheim, at least for now. He's certainly earned that distinction with the numbers he's put up in his three starts, during which he's gone 3-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .928 save percentage. So long as he can play well enough to hold off Gibson for regular duty, Andersen should at least be an average to above-average fantasy option in goal, with a strong Ducks team likely guiding him to wins in the majority of the games he starts.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heatley (groin) continues to make progress while skating, but is expected to miss the Ducks' two weekend contests against the Wild and Blues, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Even though the Ducks still haven't settled on a top-line left wing since Heatley acquired the groin injury, the team is of no mind to rush him back and potential worsen the ailment. With Patrick Maroon joining Heatley on injured reserve Wednesday, it appears Matt Beleskey and Emerson Etem are the top candidates to skate on the Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry line.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maroon (knee) has a sprained MCL and will be out four weeks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Maroon was moved to injured reserve Wednesday after suffering the knee injury in Monday's win over the Sabres. With the winger now out of commission until at least mid-November, Matt Beleskey and Emerson Etem figure to get the first look on the Ducks' top line, where either could deliver ample fantasy value.
Chris Wagner - #62 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Wagner was recalled from AHL Norfolk by the Ducks on Wednesday.
Impact: The winger was cut by the Ducks during the preseason and wasn't expected to see much time with the team this season. However, due to injuries to Dany Heatley and Patrick Maroon, Wagner will get a chance to play with Anaheim. After scoring 14 goals and 14 assists in 76 games for AHL Norfolk in 2013-14, Wagner got off to a hot start this season, scoring four goals in two games.
News: Beleskey scored for the third straight game in Tuesday's shootout win at Philadelphia.
Impact: Beleskey has been aggressive with three goals on 10 shots over his last three games after failing to record a shot in the opener. He's never scored more than 11 goals in a season so it should be interesting to see how well he can continue scoring.
Chris Wagner - #62 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Anaheim recalled Wagner from its NHL affiliate in Norfolk on Wednesday.
Impact: Wagner is the AHL's co-leader in goals this season, so it will be interesting to see if he can translate that success to the NHL.
News: Anaheim recalled LaBarbera from its AHL affiliate in Norfolk on Wednesday.
Impact: The Ducks signed LaBarbera in the offseason. He is 59-66-16 in 146 career starts with a 2.96 goals-against average over 10 seasons.
News: Maroon will be out for four weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. The Anaheim Ducks announced the extent of Maroon's injury Thursday.
Impact: Maroon was injured Monday during Anaheim's victory at Buffalo in a collision with Josh Gorges. Maroon had been playing alongside Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf on the Ducks' top line. Maroon agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Ducks in August. The power forward scored 29 points in 62 games last year, his first full NHL season. Matt Beleskey has moved into Maroon's spot on the top line, and Rickard Rakell is likely to get more playing time.
News: Gibson has been assigned to the Anaheim Ducks' minor-league affiliate for the weekend.
Impact: The 21-year-old Gibson hasn't played since giving up six goals in a season-opening loss at Pittsburgh. Frederik Andersen has since won three straight games for the Ducks, and Gibson wants to regain his sharpness in Norfolk before returning to Anaheim next week.
News: LaBarbera was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Wednesday by Anaheim.
Impact: LaBarbera was signed in the offseason to serve as a mentor the Ducks' two young goalies, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, but was never a serious threat to see regular action with the parent club. He'll just stick with the Ducks through the weekend, as the organization looks to have Gibson pick up some playing time in a short-term stay at Norfolk. The 34-year-old appeared in seven games for the Oilers last season, posting a 1-3 record with a 3.28 GAA and .870 save percentage.
News: Maroon was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Impact: Maroon's injury was believed to be minor, but he will now need to sit out at least a week because of the injury. With Matt Beleskey having scored goals in three consecutive games, Maroon may not be able to reclaim his spot alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the top line when he returns from the injury. He will undergo an exam on his knee Wednesday, so his timetable should be updated afterwards.
News: Gibson was reassigned to AHL Norfolk on Wednesday.
Impact: Gibson was awarded the start against the Penguins in last week's season opener, but allowed six goals on 39 shots in the game. The Ducks subsequently turned to Frederik Andersen for the next three games, and have since seemed to settle on him as their primary netminder. However, Gibson won't be removed from the picture altogether, as the team announced that he will start only two games with Norfolk before returning to Anaheim, as the organization looks to keep him fresh. However, if Andersen continues to play well and assumes the bulk of the workload in the net in the coming weeks, Gibson could eventually head back to Norfolk for a more permanent stay.
Devante Smith-Pelly - #12 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 225lbs
News: Smith-Pelly registered his first goal of the season in Tuesday's shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: Smith-Pelly had been mostly invisible through the Ducks' first three games, going without a point on only three shot attempts. The 22-year-old's quality production in the minors and presence on the second line with Ryan Kesler makes him an intriguing asset in deeper formats, but those in shallower leagues may be inclined to steer clear of him until he begins providing points with more regularity.
News: Beleskey tallied a goal Tuesday against the Flyers, the third straight game in which he's found the net.
Impact: After Patrick Maroon sustained a leg injury in Monday's win over the Sabres, Beleskey was elevated to the top line Tuesday night, and didn't disappoint, attempting five shots on goal. He'll retain plenty of value while he plays alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the top line and power-play unit, and could even stick there once Maroon is deemed ready to return. Don't hesitate to scoop Beleskey up in deeper formats.
News: Anaheim placed Allen on injured reserve.
Impact: Allen has yet to make his season debut due to a lower body injury, so he's eligible to come off IR whenever he's ready.
News: Maroon suffered a knee injury when he was hit by Buffalo's Josh Gorges.
Impact: It's unclear how much time Maroon will miss.
News: Andersen was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to make the start Tuesday versus the Flyers, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports.
Impact: Coach Bruce Boudreau was generally expected to alternate the starts between Andersen and John Gibson to open the season, but this would mark three straight outings for Andersen if he is in fact given the nod. Though he was in goal for three periods Monday against Buffalo, Andersen didn't exactly have to exert himself, with the Sabres only mustering 12 shot attempts on the afternoon. After Gibson was bombed for six goals in the opener, Andersen has been steady in two turns (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .927), giving him the inside track on settling in as the Ducks' No. 1 goalie.
News: Andersen saved 39 of 42 shots through 65 minutes, then stopped three of four shootout attempts to come away with a 4-3 victory Tuesday against the Flyers.
Impact: Andersen has been absolute money in the bank early on for the Ducks, delivering terrific ratios in all three of his starts, which have all come on the road. Not only is he better than John Gibson, he's actually got a chance to be one of the better netminders in the league this year, and behind a Ducks offense that's going to give him plenty of support.
News: Allen (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.
Impact: Allen hasn't played in any of the Ducks' three games and wasn't set to return anytime soon, resulting in his movement to IR. His removal from the 23-man roster will allow the Ducks to call up a forward from the minors while Patrick Maroon (knee) remains day-to-day.
News: As expected, Andersen led the Ducks onto the ice Tuesday and will be the starter in goal against the Flyers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: After John Gibson surrendered six goals in the Ducks' season-opening loss, Andersen has guided the team to victories in their last two games. He's saved 35 of 38 shots (.927 save percentage) over the two outings and should make for a respectable option against the winless Flyers.
News: Karlsson scored twice in a win at Buffalo on Monday.
Impact: The two goals marked the first points of the rookie's career. He was a second-round selection by the Ducks in 2011.
News: Kesler scored his second goal as a Duck on Monday at Buffalo.
Impact: Kesler has two goals and three assists in his first three games with his new club.
News: Perry scored his fourth goal in Monday's win at Buffalo.
Impact: Perry is off to a strong start with five points in his first three games. Three of his four goals have come on the power play, so he should have a chance to match his career high of 14 from 2010-11 and 2011-12.
News: The knee injury Maroon suffered Monday is not believed to be serious.
Impact: Maroon will miss Tuesday's game and is scheduled to undergo more tests Wednesday, but it appears he is not facing an extended absence. Expect the Ducks to have a better feel for his return timetable after his next trip to the doctor.
News: The Ducks will likely turn the net back to Gibson in the second of back-to-back contests as they face off with the Flyers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Gibson will be looking to bounce back after the team's season opener last Thursday, in which he surrendered six goals to the Penguins. His trip back to his hometown of Pittsburgh did not go so well for the young kid, but coach Bruce Boudreau still has confidence in him. Boudreau also noted that his plans were to play each netminder twice on the four-game road trip set to finish up next week. Gibson will likely square off against Steve Mason on Tuesday in what should be an interesting contest.
News: Fowler had an assist and finished with a game-high plus-3 rating in Monday's win over Buffalo.
Impact: It was the first point of the season for Fowler, who logged 20:51 of ice time in the win. It appears he has lost his spot on the top power play to Sami Vatanen, who now mans the point on the elite top unit featuring Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Patrick Maroon. Folwer is still a reliable fantasy option, though, as the 22-year old is likely to put up another season in the 30-to-40-point range.
News: Kesler scored on a penalty shot and had six shots on goal in Monday's romp over the Sabres.
Impact: Another solid effort from Kesler, who's off to a great start with his new team. Through three games, Kesler has recorded two goals and five points to go with a plus-2 rating. Centering the second line and playing on the top power-play unit, it appears Kesler has found a new home in Anaheim.
Jakob Silfverberg - #33 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: Silfverberg assisted on both of William Karlsson's goals in Monday's 5-1 domination of the Sabres.
Impact: With Patrick Maroon out, Silfverberg has a chance to build up his fantasy value with a top-six role in an offense that has a lot of skilled players. He's averaging more than 16 minutes of ice time in the early going.
News: Karlsson potted the first two goals of his NHL career in the second game of his career Monday against the Sabres.
Impact: The 21-year-old Swedish centerman had gone scoreless without a shot in his first game with Anaheim, but put six pucks on net Monday. He's got a chance to stick with the injuries that have hit the Ducks as well as early poor play from a few guys who beat him out in camp. Keep an eye on him in deeper formats.
News: Andersen was little tested Monday against Buffalo, earning the win by stopping 11 of 12 shots.
Impact: It was an easy night for Andersen, who watched his teammates put up 44 shots and five goals on opposing minder Michal Neuvirth. He's now 2-0 in the early going, and with John Gibson having given up six goals in his first game of the year, Andersen seems to have a little breathing room as the No. 1 minder here. Nonetheless, Gibson will likely start Tuesday in Philadelphia in the second of a back-to-back set.
News: Maroon left Monday's game against the Sabres with what appeared to be a serious injury to his left knee, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Ducks weren't very pleased with Sabres' defenseman Josh Gorges, who laid the hit on Maroon, and Mike Weber and Tim Jackman ended up fighting immediately afterwards. We'll likely hear more about Maroon's condition after the game, but his outlook isn't positive at this point.
News: Andersen will start Monday's game against the Sabres, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Andersen will get the nod Monday after allowing two goals in a win over the Red Wings on Saturday. John Gibson is expected to start between the pipes Tuesday against the Flyers in the second game of the back-to-back.
News: Heatley (groin) resumed skating in Anaheim on Sunday, but is unlikely for the team's home opener against Minnesota on Friday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Heatley was placed on IR on Tuesday, but his timetable was unclear. The fact that he is skating is a good sign and an indication he is closing in on a return, but coach Bruce Boudreau expressed a return date later than Friday.
News: Palmieri (ankle) has no timetable for a return, and coach Bruce Boudreau said he cannot confirm any details other than that Palmieri cannot skate yet, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Palmieri is clearly going to be on the shelf for a few weeks, if not longer. High-ankle sprains are not a fun injury, especially for skating purposes. He's sorely missed, as is offseason addition Dany Heatley, who is also currently on injured reserve. In their absence, youngsters Devante Smith-Pelly, William Karlsson and Emerson Etem will get a shot at proving their worth.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Andersen made 27 saves Saturday.
Impact: Anaheim's John Gibson gave up all six goals in the opener and Andersen made his first start of the season. He made a strong case for more of them, especially after turning away several good Detroit chances in the third period. Coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't surprised by his performance. "I expect that from him," he said of Andersen. "He's a good goalie."
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Getzlaf scored two goals, including the unassisted game-winner with 24 seconds left, to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Impact: Getzlaf is up to four points.
News: Beleskey tallied a goal in Saturday's win over Detroit.
Impact: Beleskey answered the goal scored by the Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist to kick off the third period with a marker of his own just a minute and a half later. The 26-year-old has been skating on the second line next to center Ryan Getzlaf over the first two games, but he could get a top-line look at some point while the Ducks wait for Dany Heatley (groin) to return from IR.
News: Andersen made 27 saves and looked strong in Saturday's 3-2 win over Detroit.
Impact: It was his first start of the season and stated a strong case for more of them, especially after the season opener was handed to John Gibson. The starter's job is still up for grabs, but it might not be for long if Andersen keeps this kind of effort up.
News: Getzlaf scored twice, including the game-winner with 24 seconds remaining, in a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night.
Impact: Getzlaf was in a corner battle with Niklas Kronwall and simply beat him to the puck, walked out and lifted a backhander past Jimmy Howard. He now has four points (two goals, two assists) in his first two games.
Rickard Rakell - #67 - Center - 6'1" - 191lbs
News: Rakell will be out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Wings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Ducks never seemed to declare a victor in the job battle between Rakell and William Karlsson for the team's third-line center role, so Rakell will give way to Karlsson on Saturday as coach Bruce Boudreau aims to better assess the competition. Rakell was held without a point in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Penguins, finishing the game with a minus-1 rating and a lone shot on goal in his 12:36 of ice time.
News: Karlsson may make his Anaheim and NHL debut Saturday in Detroit as Coach Bruce Boudreau said it's a "good chance" he will play, Thomas Drance of theScore reports.
Impact: Karlsson centered Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg in practice Friday and will likely get another crack at that third line pivot after a disappointing performance from Rickard Rakell in the opener. He led Stockholm-based HV71 in scoring last season, with 37 points in 55 games and added nine points in nine games with AHL Norfolk. The two-way forward may earn this job after all. We recommend keeping an eye on this 21-year-old Swede in the coming few games.
News: Andersen will be in goal Saturday against the Red Wings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Despite outplaying John Gibson in the preseason, Andersen was bypassed for the opening night nod, but the No. 1 goalie job still looks like it's up for grabs. Gibson was extremely flat Thursday against the Penguins, surrendering six goals on 39 shots in the loss. With a steady outing Saturday, it's possible Andersen could leap Gibson on the Ducks' depth chart.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Kesler had a goal and two assists in his debut with Anaheim on Thursday.
Impact: Healthy and happy, Kesler could be in for a big season with the Ducks.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Perry had the sixth hat trick of his career for the Ducks on Thursday.
Impact: Perry could be in line for another big season after recording 43 goals and 39 assists last season.
News: Fowler was on the ice for 19:54 in Thursday's loss to the Penguins. He finished with a minus-3 rating and notched two blocks and two hits.
Impact: Though he made a valiant effort to return from a leg injury in time for the start of the regular season, Fowler might have benefited from sitting out an extra day or two. He wasn't active on offense (no shots on goal) and was on the ice for three of the Pens' five even-strength or shorthanded tallies, resulting in a dud of a showing for the United States Olympian.
News: Vatanen gathered two assists and attempted three shots on goal in 18:40 of ice time Thursday against the Penguins.
Impact: In addition, Vatanen saw a team-high 5:13 on the power play, suggesting that coach Bruce Boudreau plans to carve out a large role for the young blueliner this season. In addition to a healthy plus/minus rating, Vatanen could make a push for 35 points this season, making him worthy of a speculative add in most formats where he's available.
News: Getzlaf assisted on two goals but finished with a minus-2 rating in Thursday's loss to the Penguins.
Impact: It didn't take long for Getzlaf to establish chemistry with Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry on the power play, as the latter tallied three goals with the man-advantage, with either Getzlaf or Kesler assisting on the score. Unfortunately, the Ducks were less prolific at even-strength, resulting in the negative plus/minus for Getzlaf. He'll be able to bring that mark upward as the Ducks face more inferior opponents.
News: Kesler scored a goal and added two assists in his first game as a Duck on Thursday, a 6-4 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Despite the loss, this is a very positive debut for Kesler, who slumped to just 43 points and a minus-15 rating last year. Now, after a decade with the Canucks, he's got a fresh start, and he's made the most of it Thursday. There's no reason it shouldn't continue as long as he's healthy and keeps playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
News: Perry led a spirited attempt at a comeback with three goals Thursday, but it wasn't enough in a 6-4 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: A tough one for the Ducks, but Perry already looks like he's in midseason form. He should make another run at 40-plus goals this year.
News: Gibson was ripped for six goals on 39 shots in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Gibson had a strong debut with the Ducks late last season and into the playoffs, but this was not the way he wanted to start the new year. There were some softies in here, which could lead to Frederik Andersen making the start Saturday in Detroit.
News: Fowler (leg) has been cleared to play in Thursday's season opener, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Fowler's status for the opener was in doubt after he suffered the leg injury in practice a week ago, but he apparently convinced the team's training staff he was ready to go after getting in a full workout Wednesday. He will likely be paired with his usual partner, Ben Lovejoy.
News: Gibson is lined up to start Thursday's season opener against the Penguins, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Gibson was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, which indicates he will get the nod in the Ducks' season opener over Frederik Andersen. The two figure to share the goaltending duties for the Ducks in some fashion, but it appears Gibson has the upper hand early on.
News: Fowler (leg) is hoping to play in Thursday's season opener against the Penguins, after he was able to practice Wednesday and participate in Thursday's morning skate, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: If Fowler is able to play in the opener, the Ducks will have all of their top-six defensemen at their disposal. Against a tough road matchup against an Eastern Conference foe in Pittsburgh, Fowler's presence would be extremely welcomed, as he's arguably Anaheim's top blueliner. Recommend having a backup plan in case he can't go.
Sheldon Souray - #46 - Defense - 6'4" - 237lbs
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Souray is still recovering from a torn right wrist ligament.
Impact: It's unclear when he'll be able to return.
News: Allen (lower body) is considered doubtful for Thursday's game against the Penguins, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The 13-year veteran appears likely to miss the regular season opener with the unspecified lower-body ailment, and his status beyond Thursday is uncertain. Fortunately, the Ducks decided to keep eight defenseman out of camp, so they'll have more than enough depth to make up for Allen's absence against Pittsburgh.
News: Fowler (lower body) was able to get in a practice Wednesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Fowler still seems rather unlikely to suit up in Thursday's season opener against the Penguins, but the fact that he's accompanying the team on the road trip suggests he's not far away from returning. The talented young blueliner bounced back nicely in 2013-14 following two subpar seasons, registering six goals, 30 assists and a plus-15 rating over 70 games.
News: Allen didn't practice Wednesday due to a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Ducks are just calling Allen day-to-day for now, putting his status in question for Thursday's season opener against the Penguins. The 34-year-old blueliner suited up for 68 games last season for the Ducks, supplying 121 hits, 118 blocks and a plus-20 rating.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Heatley is on injured reserve with a groin injury.
Impact: Heatley hasn't skated for his new team since Sept. 28 while nursing a groin injury. He signed with Anaheim in the summer after a 12-season NHL career with four other teams.
News: Palmieri (ankle) is expected to be placed on injured reserve prior to Thursday's season opener against the Penguins, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Palmieri experienced a setback in his recovery from a high-ankle sprain on Monday, making him unavailable for the season opener and possibly longer. A timetable should become more apparent in the coming days for Palmieri, but it looks like his injury will clear the way for William Karlsson to clinch a spot on the 23-man roster.
Emerson Etem - #16 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 206lbs
News: Etem looks set to open the season on the Ducks' 23-man roster.
Impact: Where Etem will play remains in flux after Dany Heatley and Kyle Palmieri were placed on injured reserve, but the 22-year-old has certainly made a strong bid for Heatley's role on the top line. In six preseason contests, Etem accumulated two goals on 18 shots, while seeing time on both the power play and penalty kill. If he continues to supply his physicality and scoring touch in the first few games of the regular season, Etem may never have to return to AHL Norfolk.
News: Heatley (groin) will be placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Heatley hasn't skated since suffering the groin injury last week and can probably safely be ruled out for the Ducks' first two contests. The veteran winger was expected to open the season on the top line next to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to start the season, but the Ducks will have to table that plan temporarily while he remains out of commission. Matt Beleskey or Patrick Maroon could receive the appointment to the top line in the interim.
News: Palmieri (high ankle sprain) has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: "He's just not ready," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Again, you just don't want to push that." Boudreau went on to say that Palmieri may not even travel with the team for Thursday's season opener. Palmieri suffered a high ankle sprain early in camp and has yet to play a preseason game. It's feared that he could be forced to miss a few additional weeks due to the setback. Palmieri, who set career highs with 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games last season, joins Dany Heatley on the sidelines, giving more ice time to Devante Smith-Pelly and Emerson Etem.
News: Heatley (groin) remains sidelined and has yet to resume skating, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Heatley was penciled in on the top line with captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but now someone else gets to play with the dynamic duo. And who that will be, who knows. Coach Bruce Boudreau has a lot of options with the depth at his disposal. Patrick Maroon would likely get the first shot, although that is speculation, as we're just going by how well he played with the two superstars last season, especially in the postseason. Heatley will travel with the team to start the season, but muscle strains are tricky. Those who drafted the former 50-goal man should have other options available for the early going.
News: Fowler, Anaheim's top defenseman, will accompany the team on their start-of-the-season road trip and is progressing well, although his availability for Wednesday's opener is still in doubt, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Fowler (leg) is looking at the positives, which is getting healthier one day at a time. He missed the final game of the preseason Saturday, but has been having private skating sessions with assistant coach Scott Niedermayer and continues to improve. With a travel day and the season opener in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, it is unlikely the Ducks will risk playing Fowler. This will likely be one of those last-minute announcements, so have a plan ready for your team if he is unable to go.