The chance came when Johnson was put on waivers and Binnington was called up on Dec. 10, 2018. His first start came on Jan. 7, a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Then another against Montreal. Then a third against Dallas, having given up just two goals in his first three starts. By Feb. 19, he was 13-1-1, having helped resurrect the Blues from the bottom of the conference to a playoff seed. By season’s end, he had played himself into rookie of the year consideration with a 24-5-1 record in 32 appearances, with a .927 save percentage and an NHL-best 1.89 goals-against average.