Darcy Kuemper records 27th career NHL shutout

Darcy Kuemper (Pens Through My Lens, Wikimedia Commons)

Darcy Kuemper of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan notched his 27th career National Hockey League shutout on Friday. He made 32 saves in a 3-0 Washington Capitals win over the Calgary Flames.

Kuemper made 15 saves in the first period, six saves in the second period, and 11 saves in the third period. Flames center Nazem Kadri of London, Ontario led Calgary with five shots on goal.

This was Kuemper’s second shutout of the 2022-23 NHL regular season. He previously made 34 saves in a 3-0 Capitals win over the Nashville Predators on October 29.

Despite the two shutouts, Kuemper actually has a losing record so far in his first season in a Washington uniform. He has a record of seven wins, nine regulation losses, and one loss in extra time. Kuemper has a goals against average of 2.60 and a save percentage of .914. Of Kuemper’s 27 career NHL shutouts, 10 have come with the Arizona Coyotes, seven have come with the Minnesota Wild, five have come with the Colorado Avalanche, three with the Los Angeles Kings, and two with the Capitals.

In the 2022-23 NHL season, the Capitals are in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division, with a record of nine wins, 10 regulation losses and three losses in extra time for 21 points. They are four points back of the Carolina Hurricanes for a playoff spot.

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