Jordan Binnington has gone through six grueling seasons in the American Hockey League, and this year his hard work has finally paid off. In 15 starts with the Rampage, Binnington is 11-4-0 with a .927 SV% and a 2.08 GAA. He owns four of the team’s five shutouts, and when he’s not between the pipes the Rampage are an abysmal 6-14-1.
The Blues rewarded the 25 year-old with his first career NHL start on Monday, and luckily for them he didn’t disappoint. Binnington stopped all 25 Flyers shots, and even though the Blues kept most of the shots to the outside he looked fundamentally sound throughout the game. He cut down the angles, he was constantly aware of the puck’s location, and he didn’t let the quality chances against in the first period rattle him. With his performance he became only the 35th goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in their first career start. The only other Blue to accomplish this was Rich Parent back in 1999.
With the position the Blues find themselves in, they need to ride the hot-hand, even if that hot-hand is brand new to this league.