Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth gave the Anaheim Ducks one of the most effective goaltending tandems in the league last year, with the committee approach playing a major role in Anaheim garnering the No. 2 seed out of the Western Conference and third-highest NHL point total with 66.
To further develop this unit, the franchise has hired Dwayne Roloson as its new goaltending consultant, bringing the 43-year-old up from their AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Va. Roloson brings a wealth of pro experience at the position thanks to 14 years in the league on six different teams and an All-Star appearance.
After all their regular season success, the Ducks started Hiller — who has been named an All-Star — every game in their conference quarterfinals loss to the Detroit Red Wings as Hiller posted a 2.46 goals against average and .917 save percentage in the series, which would only be good for 13th and 15th of 23 qualifying NHL goalies this postseason. This after Hiller posted a .236 GAA during the regular season and Fasth a 2.18 GAA as the two split the team in goal nearly dead-even.
“I’ve tried not to worry much about it,” Hiller said about starting prior to Game 1 against Detroit, via The Associated Press. “Every time I played during the season I just tried to play as good as possible. I was hoping the experience going through the playoffs (before) would work in may favor, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to this game and playing as good as possible.”