Markstrom will play for Sweden during the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Markstrom posted a career-high 28 victories and was arguably the main reason the Canucks remained in the playoff race for as long as they did. He's shown that he is capable of being a starting goaltender at the NHL level.
Markstrom stopped 30 of 33 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Nashville. This game appeared destined for overtime, but with 21 seconds remaining in the final frame, Ryan Johansen beat Markstrom with a slick backhand to complete the Predators' comeback in regulation. The loss is Markstrom's third in his past four starts and moves his season record to 28-23-9. The 28 wins represent a career high for the Swedish netminder.
Markstrom will draw the start for Thursday's road contest against the Predators. Markstrom has been decent in his past five starts, accumulating a 3-2-0 record to go along with a 3.13 GAA and .904 save percentage in that span. The Swede could be busy in net, facing an offense that generates 32.4 shots per game -- good for 12th in the league. Markstrom hasn't been great against Nashville in his career, going 1-2-1 with an .896 save percentage and 3.53 GAA in four starts.
Markstrom stopped 38 of 40 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars. Markstrom was unable to hold off a two-goal rally in the third period, allowing the game to go into the extra frame before finally emerging victorious when Markus Granlund tallied in the eighth round of the shootout. The Swedish netminder improved to 28-22-9 with a 2.76 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He'll likely draw the start again Tuesday versus the Sharks.
Markstrom will patrol the home crease in Saturday's tilt against the Stars. Markstrom hasn't been great in his past five starts, accumulating a 2-2-1 record to go along with a 3.13 GAA and .899 save percentage in that span. He will draw a solid matchup, facing an offense that ranks 29th in goals per game this campaign (2.53). The 29-year-old Swede seems to enjoy playing against Dallas, racking up a 3-0-1 record to go along with a .957 save percentage and 1.35 GAA in five career meetings.
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