The Anaheim Ducks currently sit on top of the Pacific division with a 4-1-1 record despite underlying numbers that would be more consistent of a team with a 1-4-1 record. Despite the strong start, the Ducks are struggling to create offensively in both the quality and quantity of their shots.
*Among goalies with min. 200 minutes played
John Gibson’s sky-high save percentage would match the highest single-season mark in NHL history set by Jacques Plante in 1970-71, so regression is all but guaranteed. The same can be said for the Ducks’ shooting percentage, which currently is higher than the Lightning’s league-high mark of 10.7% last season. Credit where credit is due, the team is winning but there’s a lot of red flags right now that should be cause for concern. The Ducks have also lost a lot of firepower to injury with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, and Jakob Silfverberg missing time, Corey Perry is out long-term and Ondrej Kase has yet to make his season debut. However, if the current iteration of the team wants to continue winning games, they will need to generate a lot more quality chances and also make life a lot easier on their goalies. If they can’t, a tumble down the standings will come sooner than later.