The San Jose Sharks may finally get a closer look at their backup goaltender Sunday.
Antti Niemi is the only goaltender in the League who has played every minute of every game this season, but that may change when the Sharks visit the Ottawa Senators. Niemi, who has played 668:20 and has a 9-1-1 record with a 1.53 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, stopped all 22 shots he faced in San Jose’s 2-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.
But the Sharks play back-to-back games this weekend and now travel to Canada’s capital city to take on the Ottawa Senators, it’s expected Sharks coach Todd McLellan will opt to finally rest Niemi and play backup goalie Alex Stalock.
Stalock, 26, was San Jose’s fourth-round selection (No. 112) at the 2005 NHL Draft. He has three games of NHL experience on his resume.