Backup goalie Alex Stalock will make his first start at the SAP Center for the San Jose Sharks Saturday night when they host the Dallas Stars.
Stalock is 3-1 this season for the Sharks this season, starting four games and making two relief appearances.
He has a 2.05 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. He took his first career loss in his last start, allowing four goals on 34 shots in a 5-3 loss at Carolina on Dec. 6.
Stalock won his first three starts this season, at Ottawa on Oct. 27, at Calgary on Nov. 12 and at Edmonton on Nov. 15.
“I’ve only played here obviously in relief, so it will be fun coming out of the shark head and starting,” Stalock told CSNBayArea.com.
Stalock was a fourth-round pick of the Sharks in 2005 and he made his NHL debut in relief on Feb. 1, 2011, stopping all nine shots he saw and earning his first victory in a win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
He played junior hockey in the U.S. Hockey League at Cedar Rapids before playing three seasons at Minnesota-Duluth, backstopping the Bulldogs to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2009 before turning professional.
The Sharks and Stars face off tonight at 7:30 p.m. Pacific.