Oettinger stopped 32 of 35 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Florida. Oettinger was flawless through two periods but gave up three goals in the third to turn a 2-0 lead into his first regulation loss of the season. The 22-year-old netminder has played well when called upon, but he'll likely continue to cede the majority of starts to Anton Khudobin, who has found his game again after briefly falling into a rut.
Oettinger will defend the road goal in Thursday's game versus the Panthers, Bruce LeVine of Dallas Stars Radio reports. Oettinger will be back in the blue paint for the first time in nearly two weeks. The 22-year-old has flashed potential and his first-round draft pedigree this season, posting a 2-0-3 record and a .910 save percentage. The Panthers have been a fierce opponent this year, as they're 12-4-2 with 3.22 goals per game.
Oettinger stopped 18 of 21 shots in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Carolina. Oettinger avoided a regulation loss when Dallas erased a 3-1 third-period lead, but Carolina's Vincent Trocheck beat Oettinger during the shootout to give the Hurricanes the win. It was the third straight defeat for the rookie netminder, with each of them decided by one goal. Oettinger is 2-0-3 with a 2.31 GAA and .910 save percentage behind No. 1 starter Anton Khudobin.
Per Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News, Oettinger was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal in Saturday's home game versus Carolina. Oettinger has played well recently, maintaining a 1.92 GAA and a .938 save percentage through his last two starts, but he's gone 0-0-2 over that span due to a lack of goal support from his teammates. He'll attempt to pick up his third win of the season in a home matchup with a Hurricanes team that's averaging 3.36 goals per game this campaign, 11th in the NHL.
Oettinger turned away 27 of 29 shots Tuesday in a 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago. Oettinger has received two straight starting assignments and he's made the most of the opportunity with a .938 save percentage across those outings. Veteran Anton Khudobin, who was benched Sunday and backed up Oettinger on Tuesday, could be back between the pipes as soon as Thursday, but Oettinger has certainly earned himself more playing time going forward.
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