Stalock turned away 35 of 37 shots in Saturday's win over the Flames. It was just the second start of the season for Stalock and it sure was a good one. After Kris Versteeg gave the Flames the lead early in the third period, the 30-year-old shut the door the rest of the way as Minnesota mounted a comeback. He was a decent backup in his time with the Sharks, so don't hesitate to use him for a spot start whenever the Wild decide to give workhorse starter Devan Dubnyk the night off.
Stalock will defend the road net from the Flames on Saturday, Michael Russo of TheAthletic.com reports. This will be the second start of the season for Stalock. He was sent between the pipes for an Oct. 7 clash with the Hurricanes, halting 38 saves in a tough shootout loss. Minnesota has converted five of 15 power-play opportunities this season -- it's tied with the Penguins for first place in said category -- so Stalock will be hoping those units are put to work to his benefit in this next one.
Stalock made 38 saves in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Hurricanes. He only allowed one goal in the shootout, but his mates couldn't find twine. Stalock will get the second half of back-to-back games, plus and occasional road start here and there. As such, his value is pretty much limited to being a handcuff for Devin Dubnyk.
Stalock will tend twine as Saturday's road starter versus the Hurricanes, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports. Minnesota naturally gave its No. 1 tender Devan Dubnyk the Opening Night nod against the Red Wings, but it was a rude welcome to the new season as he took a loss by yielding four goals on 31 shots on the road. Stalock owns a career .907 save percentage on the road compared to a .920 mark at home over 64 total NHL appearances, but it's worth noting that this will be just his third start in a Wild jersey.
Stalock stopped all 21 shots for a shutout in Thursday's preseason win over Winnipeg. Stalock is competing with Niklas Svedberg for the backup goalie role and began the preseason with an impressive outing. Starter Devan Dubnyk has averaged 66 games played over the last two seasons, however, so the backup goalie may not get many starts.
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