Kings head coach Terry Murray announced today that Erik Ersberg will start in net for the Kings tomorrow as they host the Anaheim Ducks.
“Coach told me I am going in tomorrow and that is all I really needed to know,” Ersberg told LAKings.com after practice. “This is my first start of the year, I am going to focus on this game and try and get a win. I am excited.”
Ersberg has faced Anaheim once before, stopping 39-of-40 shots on March 26, 2008 in a 2-1 shoot out loss. Former Duck Mathieu Schneider scored the winner in a 2-1 shootout at the Honda Center.
“I had a fun game against them last year.” Ersberg said of the game.
“It is his first opportunity and it is a good opportunity to play against one of the premier teams in the league,” Murray said. “They have been playing great over the past half dozen games or so and we are going to give him his opportunity and I know he is going to take advantage of it. He has practiced extremely hard and has had a great attitude right out of training camp.”
Ersberg has seen action in two games both in relief of Jason LaBarbera, stopping 14-of-16 shots (.857 SV%) and was the tough luck loser vs. Nashville on Oct. 25 in which he entered the game trailing, 3-0. The Kings cut it to 3-2, but Ersberg would surrender two goals in the third period and the Kings would score two more, making the fifth goal allowed – Ersberg’s second – the game-winning goal in the 5-4 loss.