Carolina Hurricanes: Takeaways from Road Win vs. Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Goaltender James Reimer #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes is congratulated by teammates Andrei Svechnikov #37 and Nino Niederreiter #21 following an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on November 24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Carolina defeated Detroit 2-0. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Goaltender James Reimer #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes is congratulated by teammates Andrei Svechnikov #37 and Nino Niederreiter #21 following an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on November 24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Carolina defeated Detroit 2-0. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 24: Goaltender James Reimer #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a save on a shot by Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at Little Caesars Arena on November 24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 24: Goaltender James Reimer #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a save on a shot by Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at Little Caesars Arena on November 24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) /

1. James Reim-demption?

James Reimer got his first shutout as a Carolina Hurricane last night. Let that sink in a bit.

Since the Carolina Hurricanes acquired James Reimer in exchange for Scott Darling, I’ve been huge on his upside and what exactly he can bring to the Canes’ lineup, even as a backup goalie.

Last night, I believe he showed us just exactly what that potential is. There are quite a few people in the Carolina Hurricanes’ fanbase that can’t stand Reimer, or think he is a ‘bad’ goaltender; I think more than a few of those people have changed their tune (or at least quietened down about it) after last night’s performance from Reimer.

To be fair, 19 saves isn’t a ‘huge’ game, by any stretch of the word, but Reimer did exactly what goalies are paid to do: make the stops that need to be made.

His best of the night, a beautiful stop on a Darren Helm breakaway, left me (most of us, honestly) with mouths agape, and in awe at just how clutch Reimer can be, has been, and will continue to be down the road.

Hopefully last night helped not only Reimer, but his teammates and the non-believers in the fanbase build up a bit more much-needed confidence in the newest Hurricanes’ netminder.