News and notes from around the crease…
Stalock back in for San Jose
The Sharks will start backup Alex Stalock for a rivalry game against Los Angeles tonight at the SAP Center.
The start will be Stalock’s third in the last six games, and he’ll look to extended a shutout streak carried over from his previous two games — a 3-0 win over Florida and a 1-0 decision over Winnipeg. All told, Stalock’s shutout streak currently sits at 140:59.
No word yet on who L.A. will start in goal.
Carolina rides Khudobin
Anton Khudobin has been the Hurricanes’ goalie of record in the last 11 games, and he’ll have a chance for 12 tonight when Carolina hosts the Blue Jackets.
Khudobin, one of the NHL’s best bargains this season at $800,000, has won three straight and boasts solid numbers on the year — 10-3-0, .927 save percentage and 2.20 GAA. He’s a big reason why the ‘Canes have been able to stick around in the Metropolitan Division playoff chase.
Tonight, he’ll be going up against fellow Russian netminder Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bruins at Islanders: Kevin Poulin for the Isles, Chad Johnson likely for B’s.
Sabres at Penguins: Ryan Miller vs. Marc-Andre Fleury
Avalanche at Stars: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas
Oilers at Canucks: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Roberto Luongo