It’s incredible that the goaltending duel between Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth hasn’t gotten more attention than it has. But after the Anaheim Ducks‘ recent loss to one of the game’s worst teams, it’s very likely that we could see this ‘duel’ blow up into a full-blown controversy.
Obviously, with the Ducks riding high as the no. 2 team in the Western Conference, there isn’t going to be much to complain about. But Hiller hasn’t been too hot for much of the year. Surrendering four goals on 16 shots on Tuesday night to the Colorado Avalanche is a pretty good indication of that.
On the season, Hiller has a .906 save percentage and 2.50 goals-against average. He only has 22 starts on the season and has had some real gems in there, but has been pulled twice and allowed at least four goals six times on the year.
Viktor Fasth has been a figure of consistency in his first season in the NHL. He has 19 starts on the year, with some pretty impressive numbers. He has three shutouts within his .923 save percentage and 2.17 GAA. While their records may be similar, there’s no question as to who the better performer has been between the pipes.
While there has been no clear-cut starter for the Ducks this season, with the amount of starts going to Hiller by that 22 to 19 count, the Ducks should name Fasth their starter going into the postseason. He’s the one who gives them the best chance to win on a nightly basis and isn’t nearly as much of a wild card in goal as Hiller is.
Though the Ducks probably should name Fasth the starter, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will. They’ve found success rolling with the two of them. Who says that they’ll change that once the postseason rolls around?