Dallas Stars Call Up Landon Bow: How The Crease Will Manage

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Landon Bow #41 of the Dallas Stars during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on September 18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Landon Bow #41 of the Dallas Stars during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on September 18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

With starting goaltender Ben Bishop sidelined for the next week, the Dallas Stars had to make a maneuver in their crease. That maneuver was recalling Landon Bow from the Texas Stars. And though he’ll be up for a few games, how will the Stars’ goaltending situation pan out?

The Dallas Stars are stuck on the injury train and in search of an exit. But, unfortunately, the train continues chugging along.

It picked up its newest passenger on Monday night in New York when Ben Bishop suffered an injury. In the second period of what would eventually become a 2-1 loss for the Stars, Bishop strained a muscle in his lower body while trying to get across the crease. He exited the game and did not end up returning.

Following the end of the game, Dallas head coach Jim Montgomery reported that he believed it was a day-to-day timeframe for Bishop and was classified as a soft tissue lower-body injury.

On Tuesday morning, the prognosis was made official: a muscle strain in the lower body and a one-week timetable.

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John Klingberg, Stephen Johns, Marc Methot, Connor Carrick, and now Ben Bishop. All are defensive players for the Dallas Stars and all are currently confined to the press box with some sort of injury.

As a result, the Stars had to find a way to adjust quickly in the crease. They did so on Tuesday afternoon when they called up goaltender Landon Bow from the Texas Stars of the AHL. In finding a way to fit him on the 23-man roster, the Dallas Stars also placed forward Devin Shore on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 12 (meaning he can be activated at any time).

Bow has played in 12 contests this season with Texas, posting a 6-3-1 record along with a .896 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average. In his three-year career with the Texas Stars, the 23-year-old owns a 33-25-11 record with a .900 save percentage and 2.92 GAA in 74 career regular season games.

Going into this season, it was clear that Bow would be the starter for Texas after serving as the backup in his first few seasons. He is building and progressing with each passing season and continues to develop.

But now that he is in the NHL for supposedly the next week, will he get a chance at making his debut and getting a taste of the NHL goalie lifestyle?

It might happen, but you probably won’t want to hold your breath on this one.

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  • With Bishop’s injury occurring on Nov. 19, the assumption is that he will return to the lineup on Nov. 26 or 27. The Dallas Stars only have three contests scheduled between now and then, starting tonight in Pittsburgh and transitioning to Friday (at home against Ottawa) and Saturday (on the road in Colorado).

    Three games in four days is no easy task, but it is certainly manageable. And for the Dallas Stars, they are more than likely expecting Anton Khudobin to manage it.

    Khudobin has been a force for the Stars this year. In six starts, he owns a 3-2-1 record along with a .926 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average. He’s stolen points from Toronto and Boston with sensational performances and is on track for one of his best years at the NHL level. For a 32-year-old, that is definitely saying something.

    On top of that, Khudobin has been one of the better backups in the NHL over the past few years. Along with two solid stints in Boston, the journeyman also has good history with the Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks.

    And, though it may sound odd, the Dallas Stars signed him largely for their current scenario. With Bishop being plagued by another injury, the Stars needed a reliable goaltender that could step in and be the starter when needed. That’s apparently Khudobin, and we’ll get a chance to see it in action starting tonight in Pittsburgh.

    Bow’s call up is likely more of a precaution than anything else. Should something happen to Khudobin, a backup is obviously required. But, assuming everything is fine, Khudobin will likely get the start in all three contests. With the Penguins being a tough matchup, Ottawa still in the Eastern Conference playoff chase, and the Avalanche being a Central division showdown, these are big games that Khudobin could help steal for the Stars.

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    If things go south, Bow is there and ready to go. But these are the games when the Dallas backup needs to shine.

    We’ll see what Khudobin has up his sleeve over the next few days.