It’s been quite the start to the NHL season for Alexandar Georgiev, and he’s being recognized for it.
The starting goaltender of the Colorado Avalanche has been named the second star of the week by the NHL. He only missed out on the first star of the week because Alex Debrincat just won’t stop scoring in Detroit.
Here’s the press release from the NHL media site…
Georgiev went 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and one shutout to help the Avalanche (5-0-0, 10 points) continue their unblemished start to 2023-24 as they moved within two victories of matching the longest season-opening winning streak in franchise history, established in 1985-86 (7-0-0 as QUE). Georgiev stopped 37 of 38 shots, including all 22 he faced after the first period, in a 4-1 victory against the Seattle Kraken Oct. 17. He then made 18 saves for his 14th career shutout, and sixth with Colorado, in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 19. Georgiev closed the week with 23 stops in a 6-4 triumph against the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 21, his League-best fifth win in as many starts this season (5-0-0, 1.58 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 SO).
The third star of the week went to Sam Reinhart of the Florida Panthers.
Since being acquired by the Avalanche last off-season, no goaltender in the NHL has more wins than Georgiev (45). He’s been the best player on the Avalanche early this year, and is very deserving of the recognition.
He also is expected to be the workhorse in net again. With Pavel Francouz out indefinitely, Jared Bednar will likely have to start Georgiev a lot until he feels comfortable with his backup options. Colorado has a pretty light schedule to start the year, so that won’t be an issue early on, but he’ll eventually need some games off.
The Avalanche are currently traveling to the East coast for a three game road trip, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Georgiev starts all of those games. Ivan Prosvetov is currently the backup goaltender on the roster.
Stay tuned to CHN for updates as they come in.