Alex Stalock is out for the season with a sliced nerve behind his knee. He got hurt with about three and a half minutes left in Friday’s AHL game against the Manchester Monarchs. Stalock relieved Antti Niemi in the second period of Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes as the Sharks completed a huge comeback, giving Stalock a relief win in his one and only NHL game. He started Friday’s game, and was going to back up Niemi on Saturday afternoon against the Bruins. He might have started the AHL game that night as well since the Worcester Sharks had a game against the Providence Bruins in Worcester, which is less than an hour from Boston. But that plan was not available after the injury.
Carter Hutton ended up backing up Niemi for the NHL game in which the Sharks won 2-0. Hutton then started for the Worcester Sharks, and won 2-0.
Antero Niittymaki re-injured himself during practice last week, but there’s a chance he’ll be ready to back up Niemi for tomorrow night’s game in Washington. If not, either Hutton or Tyson Sexsmith, who was assigned to Worcester from the ECHL, will be the backup.
As for Stalock, he’s going to need surgery and will not play again anywhere this season. Best of luck to him.