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Juuse Saros named NHL’s Third Star of the Week

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The smaller Finnish netminder was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Just a week after Calle Järnkrok was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week, another Nashville Predators player has been recognized. Juuse Saros has been named the Third Star of the Week.

The NHL said: “Saros stopped 80 of the 82 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 0.67 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout to help the Predators (18-17-1, 37 points) win all four of their games. He earned his 12th career shutout with 31 saves in a 2-0 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings March 23. Saros then yielded one goal in each of his next two appearances, making 20 stops in a 7-1 victory against the Red Wings March 25 and denying 29 shots in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks March 27. The 25-year-old Forssa, Finland, native has played in 18 total contests this season, posting a 9-6-0 record, 2.38 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout.”

The Predators announced Saros’s accomplishment here.

Juuse Saros has been lights-out for Nashville over the few weeks since returning from a concussion. He was, unfortunately, unavailable on Sunday against Chicago.

Updated: the Predators announced Monday that Kasimir Kaskisuo has been returned to the taxi squad. This is positive and means that Saros and Rinne are ready to play tomorrow.

Known for rough starts to his season, Saros seems to come alive in the second half of the season. He’s been red-hot and one of the main reasons that Nashville has been so successful in the last few weeks. The Predators’ official site notes that Saros has given up one goal or fewer in his last seven appearances. That’s an incredible feat.