Hiller is out indefinitely with dizziness and fatigue, and team doctors suspect it might be vertigo. The All-Star goaltender has been sidelined since making 12 saves in a 4-0 win at Edmonton on Feb. 13.
He’s 26-16-3 with a 2.50 goals-against average and five shutouts, and the Ducks (32-25-4) haven’t coped well without him.
The Ducks also added Emery, who is trying to come back from hip surgery in April after struggling with Philadelphia last season.
“With the situation with our goaltending, we felt that we needed an improvement in areas,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “I don’t think you can never have enough goaltending.”
Emery was Anaheim’s backup versus the Kings after posting two wins in a three-game conditioning stint with Syracuse of the AHL.
“My body feels good,” Emery said. “A year off will give you a bit of an edge as far as being hungry and as far as wanting to work at it.”
Emery is also trying to repair his tattered image after poor play, fights with teammates and other infractions forced him from Ottawa, which he backstopped to a 2007 Stanley Cup finals loss to Anaheim. He followed that with a failed stint in Russia, which was also plagued by scuffles with teammates.
“It’s an understatement to say that I’m happy to be here,” said Emery, who last faced Minnesota (32-23-6) in a 42-save victory with the Senators on Nov. 20, 2006.
Ellis is 2-4-0 with a 3.32 GAA and one shutout in six career matchups.
Anaheim would welcome any help since it is 11th in the Western Conference but only two points behind a five-team logjam for the last three playoff spots.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf(notes) is expected to be back after he missed a game to be with his wife, who gave birth to their son Thursday. The center has two goals and eight assists during a six-game scoring streak.
He has two goals and six assists in the last four meetings with the Wild, scoring twice and setting up another tally in a 6-2 win Dec. 12 to stretch Anaheim’s home win streak in the series to three.
The Wild, one of the five teams tied for the last three spots in the West, have dropped four of six after falling 4-2 at Los Angeles on Thursday.
Martin Havlat(notes), teammates with Emery in Ottawa, leads the Wild with 19 goals and 52 points, two shy of his total from all of last season. The right wing, who has three goals and one assist over the last four games, has four and seven, respectively, in the past 10 meetings with Anaheim.