Blues Goaltender Jordan Binnington Named NHL’s First Star Of The Week

Jan 14, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington (50) guards the net in the game against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Carolina Hurricanes defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has been named ‘First Star’ for the week ending Feb. 10. Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and Chicago Blackhawks forward Dylan Stromewere named second and third star, respectively.

Binnington, who was recently named ‘Second Star’ for the week ending Jan. 13, posted a 3-0-0 record last week, including a league-leading .954 save percentage and 1.31 goals-against average (min. three games played).

He began the week by making 22 saves in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.  Next, he stopped all 32 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win, shutting out the league’s leading offensive team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Binnington finished his week by making 29 stops in a 3-2 win over the division-rival Nashville Predators.  Overall, the 25-year-old netminder is 9-1-1 and leads the league with a 1.72 goals-against average (min. 10 games played).

He has become just the 31st goaltender in NHL history and the third in Blues history (Jake Allen, Brent Johnson) to record at least eight wins in his first 10 career starts.  Binnington has helped backstop the Blues on their current six-game win streak which serves as the second-longest active streak in the league.

The Blues began their win streak on Jan. 23 in Anaheim when they sat in 13th place in the Western Conference.  Today, they occupy the first Wild Card position with 59 points (27-22-5) while holding at least one game in hand on each team in the Western Conference.