Predicting the Sharks’ Defensive Pairings and Stats

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Apr 9, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie

Alex Stalock

(32) against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Starter: #32 Alex Stalock – 54 GP – 33-13-5 – 1.93 GAA – .938 SV%

Why he is the starter: Don’t all gasp at once. Yes I did pick Alex Stalock to be the starter. I think that coach Todd McLellan will finally realize that Stalock is more steady and reliable than Antti Niemi. If you noticed the stats I only have him down for 54 games, meaning Niemi will still get a considerable amount of playing time. I have liked Stalock from the beginning and have always thought Niemi was a little shaky.

Backup: #31 Antti Niemi – 36 GP – 13-14-4 – 2.24 GAA – .927 SV%