Cristopher Nilstorp has gotten the call as the starting goaltender tonight for the Dallas Stars. But is he ready?
Nilstorp has been essential for Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, in their current winning ways. Texas is tied for first in their division and to say Nilstorp didn’t have a hand in that is absurd. Boasting a .916 save percentage, Nilstorp is 4th in the AHL, just behind Ottawa Senators property Robin Lehner. He is also tied for second in shutouts (4) with Washington Capitals prospect Braden Holtby. Both Lehner and Holtby have spent their own time in the show. Nilstorp being head to head with them in a good sign to say the least.
Nilstorp is in his 8th professional season and signed a one year two-way contract with Dallas in June of last year. In 28 games played this year with Texas, he sizes a winning record of 16-10. With a phenomenal defence in front of him down in Texas, Nilstorp’s confidence is through the roof.
Not to be outdone in Dallas though. With fellow teammate Brenden Dillon making the jump up to the big club, Nilstorp has just enough familiarity to keep his game on track. Outstanding defence is also key for him although he is able to hold his own.
Only time will tell as Dallas is in Minnesota against the tandem of Parise, Suter and Heatley and the Wild.
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