The Anaheim Ducks have some good news to announce tomorrow when Jakob Silfverberg’s contract is expected to be officially announced, but today’s may actually be even better. John Gibson has been activated from injured reserve and will start for the Ducks tonight when they take on the Vegas Golden Knights. Kevin Boyle has been returned to the minor leagues.
Gibson hasn’t played since February 7th and has been dealing with several injuries. The All-Star netminder had experienced a huge downswing in performance the month prior to going on injured reserve, recording an .885 save percentage in his previous 14 games. The fact that he still carries a .914 on the season shows just how dominating he was before those struggles, and the level he can hopefully return to before the season is up.
The Ducks are now 11 points out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference and close to the very bottom of the standings, but with Gibson back could potentially put together a nice run over the last month of the season. That likely won’t end with a spot in the postseason tournament, but will give the team some hope for next year as they try to contend once again.