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Alex Nedeljkovic Establishing Himself As The #1 Goalie In Detroit

11/28/2021 at 4:20pm EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t need to pick a No. 1 goalie. Alex Nedeljkovic has done it for him.

Nedeljkovic, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in the offseason, has essentially won the job by making it too hard to take him out the lineup. He made his third consecutive start Saturday in beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime.

“I just think Ned’s in a bit of a groove right now and it made sense for us to play him,” Blashill said.

It makes sense because Alex Nedeljkovic, is 5-1-1 in his last seven decisions and has allowed two-or-fewer goals in five of his last six outings.

The tandem approach made sense to start the season because the Red Wings played their first 20 games in 38 days. But the team had only two games last week and don’t play again until Tuesday in Boston. Blashill doesn’ t discuss his goalie rotation, but it would make sense to play Nedeljkovic against the division rival Bruins and then go with Thomas Greiss the next night at home against the expansion Seattle Kraken.

“(Nedeljkovic has) earned the right to get the starts,” Blashill said. “We’re going to need both guys to be good as we continue this season. We’re going to go through different stretches where it’ll be grueling and we’re going to need both guys to be good.”

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