The Dallas Stars have not been surprised by the standout play of St. Louis Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, who they will face in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round at Enterprise Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).
"I actually trained with him the last three or four summers (in Toronto)," Stars center Tyler Seguin said. "He was always good, but I even said to him at the end of last summer, 'Your game looks different.' He was saving everything. Now he's learning it at the NHL level, and he's an incredible goalie. We've got a challenge ahead of us."
The 25-year-old, recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Dec. 9, made his NHL debut Dec. 16 in relief of Jake Allen and the first of 30 starts Jan. 7. His performance coincided with the Blues going from having the worst record in the League on Jan. 2 to finishing in third place in the Central Division.
He finished the season 24-5-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average, best in the NHL among goalies with at least 30 starts, and a .927 save percentage, which was third.