Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen was named the third NHL star of the month for October, the league announced Tuesday.
Third star? Some might argue that he deserved First Star consideration given his magnificent play in the Canes’ 8-0 start: seven starts, a 7-0 record, a 1.29 goals-against average and a d-percentage. ‘stops, 956. It’s hard to do better.
“Obviously that’s the biggest part, I think, of why we have the record that we have,” Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said on Tuesday. “He was great. Let’s call him for what he is.
The NHL has named Alex Ovechkin of Washington the first star of the month and Connor McDavid of Edmonton the second star. As for Andersen, he did his best to downplay the NHL’s distinction on Tuesday after practice.
“It’s just a sign that everything is going well for the team and that we have played a lot,” Andersen told media at the Wake Competition Center. “We’re obviously happy with how the month has gone, but we know it doesn’t mean much yet. Every day we try to improve ourselves.
Andersen, 32, has had some warm months in his career, starting in Anaheim and then with the Toronto Maple Leafs before signing the offseason this year with Carolina. His start on Sunday against Arizona – a 2-1 victory for the Canes – was his 400th game in the NHL and he has 233 career wins.
He was named the NHL’s second star in November 2017 while with the Leafs. How does this month compare to others in his career?
“It’s a good question, but I haven’t given it much thought,” said Andersen. “Like I said, I just try to improve myself every day and bring the best to every game. That’s really my goal.
“I’m just happy to be healthy and to play for a really good team. It has helped me a lot as a goalkeeper and I love what we are doing so far.
Andersen, who is scheduled to start Wednesday’s road game against Chicago, has faced 205 shots in his seven games as the Canes have played well ahead of him, limiting good offensive chances. He allowed nine goals.
“He’s been brilliant,” said Canes defenseman Ian Cole, another offseason acquisition. “I can’t talk about the goalie until I get here, but my experience has been that having a goalie who is a very calming presence not only allows the saves he is supposed to make, but also occasional incredible stops, which he did. in spades, that is the recipe for success. He is calm, serene and does a fantastic job.
This story was originally published 2 November 2021 13:04.