The Minnesota Wild are turning to a native Minnesotan to make a big start in goal in his hometown Thursday night.
Stalock, 29, has been solid with Minnesota's AHL affiliate Iowa. He's posted a 20-16-7 record with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. He also has four shutouts in 45 games in the AHL this season.
Stalock is a St. Paul native and former Minnesota Duluth standout. He does have some NHL experience, and has posted a 24-19-7 record in 62 career NHL games during parts of five seasons with San Jose (2010-16).
His last start against Vancouver on Saturday wasn't a good one, he gave up four goals on eight shots during one stretch of the second period.
Considering he's a free agent at the end of the season – it's fair to wonder if Kuemper has played his last game in a Wild uniform.