Anaheim Ducks Would Be Better Off With Two-Goalie Playoff Rotation

By Andy Schmidt
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The Anaheim Ducks have a very curious situation ahead of them as the final games of the regular season arrive. The Ducks are going to need to decide who they want to be their main goaltender in the playoffs between Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth. I don’t believe that the team really needs to make that decision to go with one honestly. I think the Ducks can get away with going with a combination of Hiller and Fasth.

Fasth is 14-5-1 with a 2.16 goals against average while Hiller is 13-5-4 with a 2.50 GAA. The two have very similar numbers, so why choose one over the other? The two have proven all season long that they can work together, and the fact that both have started around the same number of games brings more to the table. You would believe that Hiller would be the better choice to make since he has been the starter in Anaheim before. It looks like each is getting around four starts in a row during the regular season though.

It has been more of Fasth in April with five starts to Hiller’s two. The team is presently in the midst of a four-day break in their schedule, so I’m sure the coaching staff has been looking at this situation closely. The Ducks are likely going to be the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, so the last six games need to be used to give both three starts. A rotation of Hiller and Fasth would be the best way for this Anaheim team to go when the playoffs do arrive in two weeks.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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