The Ducks are “Mighty” again
Is there a better team in hockey right now than the Pacific Division leading Anaheim Ducks?
Ducks are just dismantling their opponents this season specially at home where they are unbeaten in regulation time(17-0-2). They are the only team without a regulation loss at home. Pretty impressive specially this deep into the season.
Last night against Vancouver. The Ducks outshot the Canucks 49-20 winning the game 4-3. Corey Perry scored the game winner with 0.6 seconds remaining in OT.
The game wouldn’t even be that close if not for Canucks backup goaltender Eddie Lack who was tremendous stopping 45 of 49 saves.
Why are they so good?
- Ducks best players are playing like their best players. Getzlaf and Perry have combined for 92 points this season.
- Ducks are getting outstanding secondary scoring from their defence, 2nd, 3rd and even 4th line players. Bonino 32pts, Cogliano 26pts, Fowler 26pts, Penner 24pts, Winnik 19pts, Perreault 19pts, Koivu 17pts, Palmieri 17pts.
- Tremendous depth in goal. Hiller, Fasth and Andersen are as good a trio as there is. Andersen specially who was drafted as an overager. Won his first 6 NHL appearances, and allowed just 11 goals in 7 games overall for a sensational.943 SV%. He currently has an overall record of 9 wins 2 losses and a shining 1.98 GAA.
- Youth Movement. Fowler, Lindholm, Palmieri, Vatanen and Silfverberg have all made tremendous strides this season. Specially Fowler who was named to Team USA last week.
How good are these Ducks?
They are currently leading the Pacific Division. The toughest division by far in all of hockey. A division that features the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, and Phoenix Coyotes.
If these guys guys stays healthy all year. It’s going to be tough to beat them in a 7 game series.