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Ducks Gameday -- We're Leading the League in Something!

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Anaheim Ducks (sunny) at Calgary Flames (freezing), 6:30 pm
Anaheim Calling and Matchsticks & Gasoline -- there's two sides to every border.

Also see Meg's Sharks Gameday and Rudy's Kings Gameday below and Diamondback's Fantasy Recap to the right -- it's go time, blog!

Drink away, everybody! :)

Hey, check it out! I found a statistic that the Ducks lead the league in that isn't necessarily awful!

Well, I sort of made the stat up -- it's called GWW: Goalies With Wins. And Anaheim is leading the pack. which is perversely impressive seeing as they have the 2nd-fewest wins in the league. :)

NHL Teams Grouped by GWW (Goalies With Wins) this Season

Team Goaltenders with Victories this season GWW
Anaheim Ducks Hiller 10, Deslauriers 1, Ellis 1, Tarkki 1 4
Dallas Stars Lehtonen 15, Bachman 6, Raycroft 2 3
Florida Panthers Theodore 14, Clemmensen 5, Markstrom 2 3
Minnesota Wild Backstrom 12, Harding 8, Hackett 2 3
New York Islanders Montoya 6, Nabokov 6, DiPietro 3 3
Ottawa Senators Anderson 21, Auld 1, Lehner 1 3
Phoenix Coyotes Smith 16, LaBarbera 3, McElhinney 1 3
Toronto Maple Leafs Gustavsson 13, Reimer 7, Scrivens 2 3
Boston Bruins Thomas 17, Rask 10 2
Buffalo Sabres Miller 10, Enroth 8 2
Calgary Flames Kiprusoff 19, Irving 1 2
Chicago Blackhawks Crawford 16, Emery 9 2
Colorado Avalanche Varlamov 14, Giguere 9 2
Columbus Blue Jackets Sanford 6, Mason 5 2
Detroit Red Wings Howard 24, Conklin 2 2
Edmonton Oilers Khabibulin 11, Dubnyk 5 2
Los Angeles Kings Quick 18, Bernier 3 2
Montreal Canadiens Price 15, Budaj 1 2
Nashville Predators Rinne 21, Lindback 2 2
New Jersey Devils Brodeur 12, Hedberg 12 2
New York Rangers Lundqvist 19, Biron 8 2
Philadelphia Flyers Bryzgalov 16, Bobrovsky 9 2
Pittsburgh Penguins Fleury 19, Johnson 2 2
San Jose Sharks Niemi 18, Greiss 5 2
St. Louis Blues Elliott 15, Halak 10 2
Tampa Bay Lightning Garon 11, Roloson 6 2
Vancouver Canucks Luongo 17, Schneider 10 2
Washington Capitals Vokoun 17, Neuvirth 5 2
Winnipeg Jets Pavelec 15, Mason 5 2
Carolina Hurricanes Ward 14 1

Last season the Anaheim Ducks also had a GWW total of 4 -- Hiller, Emery, Ellis, and McElhinney were each able to pick up at least six (!) wins apiece en route to Anaheim's miracle 4th-place finish, which is pretty remarkable.

The Ducks are pretty darn dead this season, but if there's any inkling of hope, I guess it'd be last year's history ridiculously repeating itself. Last year, what saved Anaheim's awful-start season was a mysterious injury to Jonas Hiller -- once Ducks skaters were put in front of lesser replacement goalies, they began to play a much more competent game to compensate. And it, with a lot of luck, was just enough to propel them into the postseason.

This season, the sample size is extremely small obviously, but both Deslauriers and Tarkki have shown some glaring vulnerabilities in net -- but somehow the team has played well enough that both have luckily picked up wins. Can Anaheim continue to pull their game together and thrive offensively in front of these two replacements? And more importantly, when Hiller returns, can the Ducks find a way to replicate that sort of game in front of him?

Probably not, but let's watch anyways! :)

Prediction: I won't be around for game comments tonight -- I'll be following the score on my phone. Ducks 5, Flames 3. Competence reigns for one more day, at least.