Today is the last day to vote for the final roster spots of the 2023 NHL All Star Game. Alex Ovechkin will be there. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dylan Strome would like to be there. So would Darcy Kuemper. Let’s make it happen Washington Capitals fans.
Last night Kuemper stopped 27 of 30 shots against the New York Islanders including all 13 shots faced in the third period and overtime.
He has posted a record of 8-2-3 with three shutouts. a 2.26 goals against average and a .927 save percentage in his last 14 starts dating back to Nov. 23. He leads the NHL in shutouts this season with four.
Kuemper earned at least one point in 10 straight decisions from Nov. 23 to Jan. 8, posting a 7-0-3 record. It’s the second time in his career he has recorded at least one point in 10 or more consecutive decisions. Kuemper went 16-0-2 last season from Dec. 8, 2021 to Feb. 19, 2022 with the Colorado Avalanche.
In 29 games played this season, Kuemper has a record of 13-11-4 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Among goaltenders with at least 25 starts, Kuemper ranks ninth in the NHL in save percentage and eighth in goals against average.
Since the 2017-18 season, Kuemper ranks first in the NHL in save percentage with .921 and second in goals against average with 2.45 among goaltenders with at least 150 games played.
Everyone was excited on the first day of free agency when the Caps made a splash landing a Stanley Cup winning goaltender. Finally we have stability at net and even in losses, it’s not solely on the goalie anymore.
One thing I’ve noticed when watching Kuemper is he’s faced much stiffer competition than he did last season. And we saw what happens when you’ve got two young unproven goalies compared to an established goalie and a valuable backup in Charlie Lindgren.