Goaltender Anton Khudobin practiced with the squad after being scratched on Sunday, a penalty imposed by coach Rick Bowness after Khudobin was late to practice on Saturday. Andrej Sekera, a defenseman, skated with the Stars for the first time since January. Sekera has been sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Khudobin, 26, signed as a free agent in July 2015, had a 2.88 goals-against average and.913 save percentage in 51 games this season. He had two shutouts during the campaign. The Russian native appeared in four games for Dallas last season, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.00 GAA and.895 save percentage.
Khudobin made his NHL debut on October 4, 2014, against the Vancouver Canucks. He stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced that night as the Stars lost 5-4 at Rogers Arena. He ended up playing seven more games that season with a 3-3-1 record, a 3.33 GAA and.888 save percentage.
In 2015-16, Khudobin played in 49 games for the Boston Bruins, going 30-10-3 with a 2.40 GAA and.919 save percentage. He also added three playoff appearances with one win, a 3.50 GAA, and.892 save percentage.
Khudobin, who spent the bulk of the season as a backup, made his third start for the Stars on November 1, 2018, in a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his fourth on November 5, 2018, against the Boston Bruins. He has not missed a game since then.
He began the season with Pheonix of the Arizona Coyotes organization, but was traded to the Stars at the NHL Trade Deadline on February 25, 2019. In 14 games with Dallas this season, he has a 12-1-1 record with a 1.95 goals-against average and.924 save percentage.
Anton Khudobin became the ninth goaltender in NHL history to reach 50 career wins when the Stars defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 on January 26, 2019. He won 11 games in 2013-14 and 10 in 2011-12 with the Boston Bruins, and also reached double digits in victories three times.
An injury to starting goalie Antti Niemi led to Khudobin getting more playing time this season. The 27-year-old Russian started eight games last year for the first time in his career, going 3-4-1 with a 2.77 GAA and.913 save percentage.
Khudobin signed as a free agent with Dallas after four seasons with Boston.
During the preseason, Khudobin shared time in net with rookie goalkeeper Colton Point, who was making his NHL debut after graduating from college. Khudobin has said that playing with someone else's gear is how he learned how to be a goalie in Russia. When Khudobin moved to North America, he joined the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and played well enough to earn a call-up with the Dallas Stars. During that stint, he shared time in net with veteran goaltender Mike Smith.
Khudobin was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2006 and played four seasons with their AHL team before moving to Russia in 2010. He has since won two gold medals with Russia's national team.
Anton Khudobin was born on January 4th, 1984 in Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He grew up in Salekhard, Kola Peninsula, northwestern Siberia, where his family had moved when he was only one year old. They later returned to Chelyabinsk, where his father worked as a mechanic at a factory while trying to make ends meet by playing soccer in local competitions.
"We are excited for him to join our team and make an impact over the next two seasons." As a nod to his nickname, Dobby, he created his Dallas Stars goalkeeper mask with Dobby from Harry Potter. Khudobin was re-signed by the Stars for the 2019-20 season, entering the last year of his two-year deal. He will be eligible for arbitration after making at least 30 appearances in each of the past three seasons.
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