Minnesota Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk is listed as week-to-week with a lower body injury, the team announced Thursday.
The goalie made 10 saves against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday before leaving the game after the first period. Alex Stalock was his replacement and will likely be the man going forward in Minnesota as Dubnyk makes his recovery.
The 31-year-old from Regina is 12-8-2 in 23 starts this season. He has a goals against average of 2.69 and a save percentage of .916, plus he has three shutouts.
Stalock made 16 saves on 17 shots for the 2-1 win over the Flames. He’ll make the start against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night and will catch a break with the absence of Auston Matthews.
Stalock is a sturdy 4-3-1 this season, with a 2.93 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
Minnesota also recalled goalie Steve Michalek from the AHL. The 24-year-old from Hartford has yet to see NHL action, but he’s 6-1-2 with Iowa this season with a .926 save percentage and a 2.52 goals against average.
Stalock’s start against Toronto sets up an interesting storyline, by the way.
As Chris Johnston detailed on Sportsnet, the netminder spent 48 days with the Maple Leafs in 2015-2016 and called it the “low point” of his career.
Stalock was effectively “collateral damage” in Toronto’s rebuild process, but he shot through waivers after being acquired from San Jose and landed in the AHL. The Marlies had little interest, but he backed up Antoine Bibeau for a handful of games in the meantime.
The ill will could spread over to Thursday’s game and make for an interesting contest, at least emotionally.
But the bigger picture requires that Stalock stay the course and help the 16-11-3 Wild stay in the hunt. Minnesota is fifth in the Central Division and needs to start piling up some wins. A good one against Toronto would help.