When you look at any National Hockey League backup goalie, you don’t expect a player who is allowing under a goal a game. That is happening right now for the Anaheim Ducks with backup Viktor Fasth. Fasth is 4-0 with a goals against average of 0.98, and is stopping over 96% of the shots at him. The Ducks are soaring right now with a 7-1-1 record, and will need Fasth to keep the hot goaltending up during a shortened season.
It is Jonas Hiller’s job right now as the starting goaltender for Anaheim, but if Fasth keeps doing what he is right now, he is going to merit even more starts for the team. Fasth is a rookie at age 30 after playing in Sweden to start his career, but is showing that he is learning the NHL game very quickly. Fasth recorded his first shutout on Wednesday night and has allowed just two goals over his last three games. Those are numbers that any team would love to get out of any goaltender.
I’m sure Fasth will find himself on the bench for Anaheim’s next game, but I don’t see that lasting for too long especially if Hiller has any troubles. The Ducks are showing that they could be a true Stanley Cup contender this season and with the season being so short, every team needs two quality goalies. Anaheim has that right now with Fasth and Hiller. The Ducks are proving that they could be a very dangerous team by the end of April.