Scott Wedgewood was acquired by the Dallas Stars for a 4th round draft pick in the 2023 NHL Draft just days before the NHL Trade Deadline. In his first action with the Stars “Wedgie” would commit first-degree robbery by leading the charge in defeating the scorching hot Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night at the PNC Arena Raleigh, NC.
Wedgie would stop 44 shots and lead the charge into OT and an eventual shootout win. Puck luck and the Dallas Stars go together like oil and water but on Thursday the hockey gods sought out for the Stars to escape the jerks with the full two points as they continue to battle to remain in the wild-card hunt.
Stars fans were given a sample size of Wedgie earlier in the season as he would stand on his head for his then Arizona Coyotes, stopping 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 victory for the Coyotes.
The Stars began the season with Jake Oettinger, Anton Khudobin, Ben Bishop, and newly acquired Brayden Holtby leading fans to question how many goalies Rick Bowness was intending on skating out each game. But, as stated earlier the hockey gods and puck luck usually don’t tend to bounce in our favor…and as you would expect the Stars would end up with Otter and Adam Scheel (Solid AHL tendy but nowhere near ready for the NHL) as the nightly tandem. Scheel would not get a chance to play as Otter would set a personal record for consecutive games started with eight.
With the acquisition of Wedgewood, the backup spot was bolstered, and thanks to Wedgie’s history-making performance the Stars continue to remain in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference.