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Darcy Kuemper | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 207
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Darcy Kuemper overcame his awful third period from Monday against the Rangers to spearhead a win over the Sharks on Thursday night.
Kuemper made 25 saves on 28 shots in the 3-2 win, improving his record to 5-2 this season with a .927 save percentage and 1.71 goals against average. Kuemper posted a strong rebound from Monday's mess that brought him back down to earth after an incredible start to the season. Oct 31 - 12:06 AM

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Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper, who until Monday night had allowed four goals in five starts, gave up five third-period goals in the Rangers' 5-4 victory over the Wild.

Kuemper faced only 20 shots from New York in the game but a quarter of those shots were goals. Kuemper's record dropped to 4-2 and his goals-against average increased to a still-very-respectable 1.51. His save percentage took a hit and is now .934. Despite the four Wild goals, Kuemper didn't get the kind of support from his teammates that he should have had. The Wild went 0-for-4 on the power play despite 14 minutes of power-play time, including two five-minute power plays because of infractions by Rangers forward Chris Kreider and defenseman John Moore. Minnesota is now a ghastly 0-for-24 on the power play this season.
Oct 27 - 10:31 PM

Darcy Kuemper has been fantastic in goal for the Minnesota Wild this season.

Kuemper has a 4-1-0 record with an outstanding 0.80 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage. The 24-year-old has allowed only four goals in five starts this season. Kuemper won't be able to keep those numbers that high, but he has been very impressive so far.
Oct 26 - 12:45 PM

Darcy Kuemper continued his winning ways as the Wild took down the Lightning 7-2 on Saturday night.

You know things are going well when you make only 17 of 19 saves and you win easily. Kuemper is now 4-1-0, with a 0.81 goals-against average and .966 save percentage. He’ll come down to Earth eventually, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t be a well-above average netminder for a very good Minnesota team. His next test is likely to come in New York against the Rangers.
Oct 25 - 11:31 PM

It should come as no surprise that Darcy Kuemper will start in goal Saturday night against the Lightning.

Well why not. He is only the second goalie in 71 years to earn shutouts in three of his first four games of the season. Talk about being white hot. Niklas Backstrom owners are going to have to wait a while before their guy gets even a whiff of regular playing time.
Oct 25 - 2:03 PM

Darcy Kuemper is the second netminder since 1943-44 to earn three shutouts in his first four games.

The other player to accomplish that was Pascal Leclaire in 2007-08. Leclaire ended up recording a 2.25 GAA and .919 save percentage in 54 games that season. He also finished second in the league with nine shutouts. Of course, a hot start doesn't always lead to a good season, but Kuemper is certainly worth starting at this time.
Oct 24 - 12:30 PM

Darcy Kuemper stopped all 26 shots he faced on Thursday night en route to his third shutout of the young season in a 2-0 win over Arizona.

Kuemper is having a special start to the year and is posting absolutely breathtaking numbers. Initially thought to be a three-man race heading into the season, Kuemper has taken the starting goaltending job in Minnesota and is running away with it. Through four starts, he is 3-1 with a .980 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average.
Oct 24 - 12:21 AM

Darcy Kuemper set Minnesota's franchise record for longest shutout streak to begin a season with 163:46, beating Niklas Backstrom's 157:44 set in 2011.

Seven full periods plus nearly a quarter additional period of shutout goalkeepering is a fine away to begin one's season, and perhaps cement the idea that Kuemper is the real deal. Only Andrew Cogliano off a shorthanded rush and Corey Perry off a fortuitous bounce in his favor have managed to beat Kuemper through the young season, unfortunately for him, that was enough for his first loss as well.
Oct 18 - 1:04 AM

Darcy Kuemper got the second star of the week.

At the age of 24, Kuemper became the youngest goaltender to post back-to-back shutouts last week. With Josh Harding out for months, Kuemper has a golden opportunity to firmly establish himself as Minnesota's number one goaltender.
Oct 13 - 12:33 PM

Darcy Kuemper became the youngest goalie in NHL history to post back-to-back shutouts to open a season.

The 24-year-old keeper turned aside all 46 shots he faced in two games versus the Colorado Avalanche. Kuemper is proving that starting him over Niklas Backstrom was the right decision and fantasy owners should be thrilled with his play so far. His ability to stay consistent will determine if he'll be the starter for the majority of Minnesota's games this season, but the injury woes of Backstrom and Josh Harding should give him a leg up on the role as well.
Oct 13 - 10:22 AM

Darcy Kuemper notched another shutout, this one on 30 saves, in the Wild’s 3-0 win over the Avalanche on Saturday night.

He was certainly tested a bit more than the first shutout against the Avalanche. Kuemper is now a perfect 46 for 46 this season, with two shutouts, rewarding those who took a chance on him in fantasy drafts. A few more nights like this and this will be Kuemper's job to lose. Minnesota next plays the Ducks on Friday, and Kuemper should be in all lineups. The Wild should be a very good team this season.
Oct 12 - 12:53 AM

Darcy Kuemper will play between the pipes on Saturday against Colorado.

Kuemper earned a 16-save shutout in the Wild's season opener against the Avalanche. Colorado didn't do much in the first game of this home-and-away series, but Kuemper is likely to face more adversity this time around.
Oct 10 - 3:38 PM

Darcy Kuemper coasted to a 16 save shutout on Thursday night as Minnesota rolled over Colorado 5-0 in the opener for both teams.

Kuemper's third shutout of his young career was probably one of his easiest as well. The Avs had no punch and were unable to yield Minnesota's high speed attack, let alone muster any offensive pressure of their own. Kuemper earned the clean sheet however, and will need more night's like this to keep ahold of the Wild starting job.
Oct 10 - 2:00 AM

Darcy Kuemper will play between the pipes in Minnesota's season opener.

Kuemper has gone from the goaltender the Wild seemed reluctant to give a one-way contract to, to the team's number one goaltender in the span of a couple weeks. Of course, that was partially due to circumstances out of his control as Josh Harding unfortunately has a fractured foot, but Kuemper still had to beat out veteran Niklas Backstrom.
Oct 8 - 1:23 PM

It makes sense for the Wild to give Darcy Kuemper the starting job for the start of the year.

He has played with confidence going into the 2014-15 campaign and performed well for Minnesota last year. Kuemper was solid as the club's starter when Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom were injured and he was strong in the playoffs as well. Harding is sidelined again and Backstrom's injury woes indicate he isn't suited to see the bulk of the starts, so handing the crease to Kuemper appears to be a good idea. The 24-year-old keeper wants to be the starting goalie and if he falters then Backstrom will get his chance. It should be noted that coach Mike Yeo declined to answer who would start in the team's season opener on Thursday.
Oct 7 - 11:01 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Justin Fontaine
3Matt Cooke
4Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
5Stephane Veilleux
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Mathew Dumba
7Justin Falk
8Nate Prosser
9Christian Folin
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom
3Josh Harding