Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller gets the start against Nashville
It was clear from watching Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Stars that the Ducks were happy to have All-Star goaltender Jonas Hiller back with them -- even if it was on the bench and not in the game. Hiller was activated off the injured reserve list before the game against the Stars and gets the start Thursday against the Nashville Predators.
On Wednesday, Hiller was the backup to Ray Emery as the Ducks delivered yet another come-from-behind victory to beat the Stars, 4-3. That put them -- at least for the time being -- in the top eight in the Western Conference, one point behind Nashville and a point ahead of Dallas.
Hiller had sat out 15 games in a row and 17 overall after symptoms of fatigue, lightheadedness and dizziness surfaced Feb. 2 in a game against the San Jose Sharks. The Swiss goaltender, who played in his first All-Star game Jan. 30, is 26-16-3 this season with a 2.50 goals-against average and a career-high five shutouts.
In that game against the Sharks, Hiller was pulled after playing 11 minutes and giving up three goals. Before that, he had seemed invincible.
"I think I'm pretty close," Hiller said Wednesday. "I don't want to overdo it. At some point, I'll have to try it. If it goes the way it's gone in practice, I'm not worried.”
-- Debbie Goffa