Nedeljkovic penned a two-year, $6 million deal with Detroit on Thursday, per agent Rich Evans.
It didn't take Nedeljkovic long to square away a contract with his new club and remains poised to secure the No. 1 job in training camp. Even if he does split time with Thomas Greiss, the 25-year-old Nedeljkovic should see additional starts compared to his 2020-21 campaign in which he played just 23 contests. Although the team around him figures to continue to struggle, the Ohio native could be an intriguing late-round option in redraft formats if he can secure the starting job.
Nedeljkovic was acquired by the Red Wings from the Hurricanes in exchange for the rights to Jonathan Bernier and a 2021 third-round pick Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Nedeljkovic put together a solid first full season in the NHL in which he posted a 15-5-3 record with a 1.90 GAA and three shutouts. The Ohio native will need a new contract, as he will be a restricted free agent and could cost the Wings upward of $3-4 million annually. Nedeljkovic will likely split the starts with Thomas Greiss to begin the year but could be in line to take over as the preferred No. 1 option with a strong start.
Nedeljkovic allowed two goals on 25 shots in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Lightning in Game 5.
With the Hurricanes now eliminated from the postseason, Nedeljkovic finishes with a 4-5 record, .920 save percentage and a 2.17 GAA. He lost all three of his starts against the Lightning.
Nedeljkovic is in net for Tuesday's Game 5 against visiting Tampa Bay, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Nedeljkovic will try to harness the energy of the home crowd and stave off elimination with the Hurricanes down 3-1 in the series. He ceded the start to Petr Mrazek in both Games 3 and 4 after allowing four goals on 45 shots across the first two games of Round 2. That said, Ned was dynamite in his own barn this year, posting a sparkling .934 save percentage with an equally impressive 1.76 GAA through 10 starts at PNC Arena -- something worth considering for those in daily contests.
Nedeljkovic allowed two goals on 15 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 2.
Despite facing his lowest shot volume of the postseason, Nedeljkovic wasn't able to fend off the Lightning. He's lost both games to start the series, allowing four goals on 45 shots in that span. Head coach Rod Brind'Amour has yet to announce a starting goalie for Thursday's Game 3, but with Nedeljkovic struggling slightly in the second round, the veteran Petr Mrazek could be considered for a start.
Nedeljkovic will get the starting nod at home for Tuesday's Game 2 clash with Tampa Bay, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Nedeljkovic put up a decent performance in Game 1 considering he stopped 28 of 30 shots (.933 save percentage) and was let down by a lack of offensive support. If the 25-year-old netminder can limit the Lightning to two or fewer goals, the Canes faithful should feel somewhat confident of being able to even up the series. At this point, it would likely take an extended run of bad form by Nedeljkovic to see Petr Mrazek step into the crease in his stead.
Nedeljkovic allowed two goals on 30 shots in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 1.
Nedeljkovic was solid through 50 minutes as the teams exchanged power-play goals. At 12:39 of the third period, Barclay Goodrow put a shot in off Nedeljkovic's pads, and that tally was the difference. The 25-year-old goalie was excellent versus the Predators in the first round, but the Lightning are a tougher challenge. He played well Sunday, so there's a chance head coach Rod Brind'Amour sticks with him for Tuesday's Game 2.
Nedeljkovic is starting Sunday's Game 1 against Tampa Bay, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
The Ohio native was fantastic in Round 1, stopping 189 of 205 shots for ratios of a 2.22 GAA and .922 save percentage in six games against Nashville. In the 2020-21 regular season, Nedeljkovic went 2-1-0 with a staggering 1.02 GAA and .962 save percentage against the Lightning, so it's safe to say he makes for a solid play Sunday.
Nedeljkovic stopped 24 of 27 shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Predators in Game 6.
The Predators trailed 3-1 midway through the second period, but Nedeljkovic played well after that to help the Hurricanes make a comeback. Sebastian Aho then delivered the series-clinching goal in overtime. Nedeljkovic allowed 16 goals on 205 shots for a .922 save percentage in the first-round series. He'll face a tough task in the defending Cup champions when the Hurricanes meet the Lightning in the second round.
Nedeljkovic will defend the crease on the road Thursday in Game 6 versus the Predators, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Nedeljkovic will make his sixth straight start after posting a 2.10 GAA and .927 save percentage in the series' first five games. Even if the Predators manage to force a Game 7, the 25-year-old Nedeljkovic has likely cemented his spot as the preferred option between the pipes over Petr Mrazek.
Nedeljkovic allowed two goals on 25 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Predators.
Nedeljkovic allowed both goals to Predators forward Yakov Trenin. The first came on a sequence of odd deflections, but the latter was on a 2-on-1. Nedeljkovic benefited from the return to home ice -- he had allowed nine goals in his previous two outings, both in Nashville. The 25-year-old goalie has served as the Hurricanes' starter this postseason, leading them to a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 set for Thursday.
Nedeljkovic will defend the blue paint at home during Tuesday's Game 5 matchup with Nashville, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Nedeljkovic suffered a pair of tough double-overtime losses to the Predators on the road in Games 3 and 4, but he was excellent on home ice in Games 1 and 2, picking up back-to-back wins while posting an impressive 1.00 GAA and .964 save percentage. He'll try to remain unbeaten at home during postseason play versus Nashville on Tuesday.
Nedeljkovic stopped 39 of 43 shots Sunday in a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Predators in Game 4.
Nedeljkovic was felled in double overtime for the second straight game when Luke Kunin blew a one-timer past him from the slot late in the second extra stanza. Nedeljkovic was terrific throughout overtime and has an excellent .928 save percentage in the series. Look for the rookie to draw another start Tuesday in Game 5.
Nedeljkovic will defend the road crease in Sunday's Game 4 against the Predators, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Nedeljkovic made 49 saves in Friday's Game 3 loss but ultimately suffered a 5-4 defeat as Nashville cut Carolina's series lead in half. The rookie's strong play in this series has earned Nedeljkovic a full-time starting role, but Petr Mrazek remains an option for the Hurricanes should Nedeljkovic slip up.
Nedeljkovic will get the starting nod on the road versus Nashville for Friday's Game 3, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Considering Nedeljkovic has conceded a mere two goals on 56 shots this postseason, it's no surprise he continues to serve as the preferred option in the crease. He posted a shutout in Game 2 and will look to build on that as the series shifts to Nashville.
Nedeljkovic posted a 32-save shutout in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Predators in Game 2.
Nedeljkovic didn't get a ton of help from his teammates, as the Hurricanes were forced to kill seven penalties. The 25-year-old goalie was excellent in those situations, stopping 10 shots. It may too early to call it, but Nedeljkovic seems like the favorite for starts in goal during the postseason. There's little chance head coach Rod Brind'Amour turns to Petr Mrazek for Friday's Game 3 in Nashville.
Nedeljkovic will get the starting nod at home for Game 2 against Nashville on Wednesday, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
After Nedeljkovic posted a .917 save percentage in Monday's Game 1 victory over the Preds, there was little chance the 25-year-old netminder was going to be replaced between the pipes. Still, the Ohio native will remain on a short leash with veteran Petr Mrazek waiting in the wings for his opportunity to retake the crease for the Canes.
Nedeljkovic stopped 22 of 24 shots in Monday's 5-2 win over the Predators in Game 1.
The 25-year-old got the nod for his playoff debut Monday, and he didn't disappoint. Nedeljkovic gave up goals to Filip Forsberg and Erik Haula, but the rookie goalie was perfect in the third period to help the Hurricanes established a 1-0 series lead. He posted a 1.90 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 23 outings during the regular season. Head coach Rod Brind'Amour has an embarrassment of riches with Nedeljkovic, Petr Mrazek and James Reimer as his goalies -- it's unclear how the work will be distributed in the postseason.
Nedeljkovic was the first goalie off the ice at Monday's morning skate, suggesting he'll start Game 1 against the Predators, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Coach Rod Brind'Amour was coy with the media when asked who his Game 1 starter would be, but it looks like Nedeljkovic will get the nod, even though Petr Mrazek occupied the starter's crease in practice for much of the week leading up to Monday's series opener. Nedeljkovic is set to make his postseason debut on the heels of a stellar rookie regular season in which he went 15-5-3 with a 1.90 GAA and .932 save percentage.
Nedeljkovic kicked out 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 loss to Nashville on Saturday.
He turned in a perfectly steady road performance outside of a pair of Luke Kunin breakaway tallies, but the rookie ultimately suffered his first regulation loss since April 3. Nedeljkovic has limited his opponents to two goals or fewer in four consecutive starts, upping his season save percentage to .932, which ranks fourth in the league. The 25-year-old has emerged as a bona fide starting netminder in his first full NHL campaign.
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|05/30||vs TB||L 1-2||1||2||28||30|
|05/27||@ NSH||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||24||27|
|05/25||vs NSH||W 3-2 (OT)||1||2||23||25|
|05/23||@ NSH||L 3-4 (2 OT)||1||4||39||43|
|05/21||@ NSH||L 4-5 (2 OT)||1||5||49||54|
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