Khudobin to be scratched for Stars due to discipline


Anton Khudobin will be scratched by the Dallas Stars on Sunday due to team discipline.

The goalie did not take part in practice Saturday but skated afterward. He made 21 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Coach Rick Bowness said he didn’t know if Khudobin would miss more than one game, and that communication with any player regarding discipline is very open.

“We’re a family and we’ll deal with things internally,” Bowness said. “But you deal with things by communicating and making your feelings known on what is and what isn’t acceptable. I have very few rules, but you [darn] well better follow them.”

Jake Oettinger will start, and Landon Bow will be the backup goalie when the Stars host the Chicago Blackhawks (3 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-SW, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).

Oettinger is 2-0-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in three games this season, including his first two NHL starts. Bow has played two NHL games, each in the 2018-19 season.

Khudobin is 3-2-1 with a 2.51 GAA, .908 save percentage and one shutout in six starts after signing a three-year, $10 million contract ($3.33 million average annual value) to remain with the Stars on Oct. 9. Khudobin missed the start of training camp because of immigration issues after having surgery to fix a nerve issue in his right arm in October, then contracted COVID-19 in Russia.

“It wasn’t my night,” Khudobin said after the game Thursday. “That’s how I feel. I feel pretty good physically, mentally, but there’s something that wasn’t comfortable.”

Alexander Radulov did not practice Saturday, and Bowness said the forward is day to day with a lower-body injury. Radulov has scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in eight games, second on the Stars to forward Joe Pavelski, who has scored 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in eight games.

Forward Joel Kiviranta practiced Saturday and will be a game-time decision Sunday. Kiviranta said he twisted his leg in the season opener against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 22, the only game he has played this season; he had a goal and an assist.

“I skated a couple of times on the road and I’m starting to feel like I’m more ready to play,” Kiviranta said Saturday with Dallas having ended a four-game trip (1-2-1) on Thursday. “It’s a game-time decision tomorrow, so we will see.”

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