James Reimer collects 24th career NHL shutout


James Reimer (Wikimedia Commons)

James Reimer of Morweena, Manitoba recorded his 24th National Hockey League career shutout on Saturday. Reimer made 41 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the shutout, Reimer is now tied for the NHL lead with three shutouts.

Reimer made 10 saves in the first period, 14 saves in the second period and 17 saves in the third period. Four Kings had five shots each to lead the team. They were Canadian Olympic gold medalist Drew Doughty of London, Ontario, Austin Wagner of Calgary, Alberta, Adrian Kempe and Alex Iafallo. Doughty won a gold medal for Canada in men’s ice hockey at the  2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 

The Hurricanes had goals from Nino Niederreiter and Teuvo Teravainen. The leader for the Hurricanes in scoring was Teravainen, who had one goal and one assist for two points.

Reimer now has a record of 17 wins, 10 regulation losses and six losses in extra time, three shutouts a goals against average of 2.60 and a save percentage of .917. Reimer’s three shutouts are tied for the NHL lead with Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry of Surrey, British Columbia, Jaroslav Halak of the Boston Bruins, Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, Petr Mrazek of the Carolina Hurricanes and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.

Reimer’s two previous shutouts this season came on November 24, 2019 in a 2-0 Hurricanes win over the Detroit Red Wings and in a 4-0 Hurricanes win over the Calgary Flames on December 14. Of the 24 shutouts in Reimer’s career, 11 have been with the Toronto Maple Leafs, seven have been with the Florida Panthers and three each have been with the Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks.

The Hurricanes are currently in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. With a record of 27 wins, 16 regulation losses and two losses in extra time for 56 points, they have four more points than the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets.

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