Jonas Hiller missed his third consecutive game for the Ducks on Friday night due to a lower-body injury suffered last week in Dallas.

Hiller has taken shots in practice the last three days but the only way he’ll back up Saturday in Nashville is if he’s in condition to play.

“Close,” Boudreau said. “But until he’s able to play, there’s no sense keeping him on the bench. He’s getting better every day.

“It’s one of those things where we go by what he tells us how he feels. When he says he’s not there yet, then he’s not there yet.”