Hiller’s goalkeeping is solid, but he’s getting plenty of defensive help. That was evident Tuesday night when the Ducks came to Joe Louis Arena and skated away with a 5-2 victory.
The Ducks’ defense was outstanding in only allowing the Detroit Red Wings 18 shots. Detroit has had problems offensively all season and the Mighty Ducks definitely took advantage. Hiller stopped all but two of Detroit’s shots. He’s getting plenty of support. His teammates put 30 shots on the Detroit net.
The Ducks are 24-7-5 and hold first place in the Pacific Division. Hiller is off to a 14-4-4 start with a 2.45 goals against average and .914 saves percentage. His stats don’t rank that high in the league, but he and the Ducks’ defense continue to get the job done. Even though the halfway point of the the season hasn’t quite yet been reached, the Mighty Ducks are definitely establishing themselves as a serious playoff contender because of how well Hiller and the defense is performing.
But the Mighty Ducks’ offense also deserves plenty of credit. Hiller saw action 73 games for the 2011-12 season and his saves percentage of .910 and goals against average of 2.57 was similar to what it was this season. Yet, his record was 29-30-12, quite a contrast from this season.
If Hiller can get even stingier as a goaltender, the Ducks’ potential for this season is unlimited. It’s not going to be easy to beat them in a four-game series.