Playing in his third career game against his former team, @Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 46 shots he faced on Thursday night as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a 3–0 score.
Nedeljkovic, 26, almost single-handedly powered the Red Wings to victory over a Hurricanes team that won the expected goals battle 4.99 to 2.20 (all situations, according to Natural Stat Trick). The ‘Canes outshot the Red Wings 46–22 in the contest.
After @Moritz Seider scored with 12 seconds remaining in the middle period to put the Red Wings up 1–0, the Hurricanes fired 17 shots on Nedeljkovic in the final 20 minutes to try and get back into the game. Instead, @Adam Erne and @Filip Zadina added to the Detroit lead in the third period and the Red Wings walked away from PNC Arena with a 3–0 victory.
Here’s a compilation of some of Nedeljkovic’s best stops from Thursday’s contest, as assembled by the official National Hockey League Twitter account:
46 saves for the W!
— NHL (@NHL) April 15, 2022
The Red Wings originally acquired Nedeljkovic from the Hurricanes in July 2021 in exchange for Jonathan Bernier and a 2021 third-round draft pick. Nedeljkovic was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy in recognition of his play with the Hurricanes in 2020–21.
In the first season of the two-year, $3 million-AAV contract he signed with the Red Wings last summer, Nedeljkovic has a 19–21–3 record, a .903 save percentage, and three shutouts in 54 games played.
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