As everyone already knows, the Ducks are having an abysmal season to this point. Blame for this poor play has often been spread around the club, with some saying the defense needs to be better, or that the offense needs to get more shots on goal and maintain pressure.
However, I believe that Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis combined are an enormous part of why the Ducks are fighting to stay out of last place in the league.
In either case, something needs to change. And i believe that something could very well be a new goaltender.
The Ducks have a goal differential this season of -37, ranking last in the league. Having only scored 87 goals ties them for second-to-last in the goals for category, ahead only of the New York Islanders, who are at 84.
What I found to be most interesting was the team with which the Ducks were tied with at second-to-last with goals for.
Did you guess the Los Angeles Kings? I didn't.
The Kings are currently leading the Pacific Division, and yet have scored just as many goals as the Ducks all year.
The Kings have only allowed 92 goals all year, compared to the Ducks 124 goals allowed. This statistic got me to thinking that if the Ducks had a goalie that didn't allow those goals that make us all hang our heads, they might stand a decent chance of at least staying contention.
Obviously, the offense is somewhat to blame for the bad season due to the fact that they can't score nearly as much as they need to. I feel like if the Kings can be leading the Pacific Division with so few goals, why can't the Ducks?