Great Dane speaks again
Carolina had a lot of questions coming into the season regarding their netminders. Was there a clear starter in their midst? Was it good enough for a team pushing for the Stanley Cup? Could it even get them to the playoffs given the injury history of the two netminders? To put it simply, yes. With this Hurricanes team, their starting netminder has been the backbone of the early success.
What is there to say about Frederik Andersen I haven’t said in a thousand ways with a thousand songs? To say that he has been elite does not do this justice. Andersen has the best start of any netminder in the league’s history with a new team. 6-0-0 with a save percentage of .956 and a 1.33 goals-against average, both good enough for 3rd in the league at the time of writing.
Not just that, but Andersen recorded both his first point as a Carolina Hurricane and his first shutout as a member of the organization! Not for the first time in his career, Freddie has an assist and a shutout to outscore the entire roster of the opponent. To say Andersen has been anything less than spectacular is incorrect and does not do his performances justice.
33 saves last night to move onto a league-leading 6 wins. He’s already made a very impressive highlight reel of saves in Raleigh and dispelled some of the question marks around this team. He’s proving that when the netminders for Carolina are healthy, they are formidable. Tripp Tracy called Freddie the hottest netminder in the NHL last night on the broadcast, and you’ll have a hard time fighting that argument.