The day after six games in eleven days

Posted: 02/17/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Viktor Fasth is earning converts with every game. Every goalie competes with the guy at the other end of the rink. Last night Fasth was one shootout save better than Pekka Rinne, arguably the best goalie in the world right now.

Fasth is a perfect 8-0, 1.78 GAA and a SP of .933. Good enough to share the league in wins with Montreal’s Carey Price. Good enough for a league 7th best GAA among goalies who have played 4 or more games. His SP is 8th best among goalies who have played 4 or more games.

Obviously he’s become a solid Top Ten goalie in the NHL from the get go. He brings intangibles such as a calm composure and patience. Among the first things all goaltenders are taught is to wait for the shooter to make the first move. This gives him preemptive save ability. He pressures the shooter to go first.

I’ve noticed of late opposing teams are starting to go upstairs consistently on him. This is also true of all great goalies of this generation. It also plays into our Ducks NHL 7th best shot blocking record. It’s much easier for a player to block a high shot than a lower shot.

Last night was all about Fasth and the no-quit effort of the team in front of him.

Notes: Matt Beleskey has been giving Ryan Getzlaf a mid-slot passing target of late and it is paying off. Let’s hope The Twins have finally found a winger. Right now the job is Matty’s to lose, though Gabby is quick with the hook…Peter Holland is looking closer and closer to making the squad as a top six forward. He didn’t look out of place during two games with Ryan and Selanne….Ducks have 9 players with 4 or more goals 13 games into the season. More to come…


  1. bbdux93 says:

    I start almost every day coming here to read what bc and his followers have posted. Then – I go out and compare that with what’s written on other sites by writers with less insight or smarts & usually with an East coast bias. This is my preference – always.
    Thanks – BackCheck – for a job Always well done.

    • bc says:

      We need to emoticons so you can see me blush. Thanks bb. We might find out pretty quy quickly. the “preemptive ability” is not my phrase. It’s borrowed from a former pro goalie who sued it while describing Fasth. The thing is, he didn’t explain it. So I’m risking a followup email calling me a cementhead 🙂
      The thing about Fasth though is that he plays that cat and mouse game between shooter and stopper very well. He not only challenges physically, like he did with that poke-check on Marleau, he challenges them mentally.
      I’m still completely sold though. We still need to see how does after teams have seen a couple more times.
      If Hiller gets healthy our Ducks could have the best goaltending tandem since Johnny Bower and Terry Sawchuk backstopped the Leafs to their last Stanley Cup win.

  2. czhokej says:

    Beleskey used to play with the Twins before and in 09-10 season he looked like a good fit there. He was later demoted because of the dry spell and injuries.
    But now he is again finding open shooting lanes. Unfortunately neither Perry nor Getzlaf go there into those scoring positions) very often.
    Now it looks like we have enough players on the roster and some decent substitutes that injuries won’t affect us too much.

    • bc says:

      Given how often Gabby likes to change things up, Beleskey will have to continue scoring to stay up with the Twins. cz have we had this much depth since 2003 or 07? Jordan Hendry, who has 90+ NHL games is 9th on the D depth chart.
      The org is doing something very smart that we can expect will continue. The next wave of Ducks is given looks at the NHL level and sent back to Norfolk with To Do lists. And yeah Boudreau talks to Trent Yawney. All the coaches chat.

      Bonino was playing well but not getting results centering Ryan and Selanne. Move him and wham he pots a hattrick and becomes a death star in shootouts.
      Holland couldn’t earn anything but 4th line duty a month ago. He’s sent down. Works on a few things and acquitted himself well on the second line.
      Maroon shows a bad attitude in camp. Returns a different guy. Goes to the net and earns a key goal tip in.

      Who knows what kind of jump we’ll be treated to when Emerson Etem returns.

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