In Chicago’s shootout loss at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, Salak stopped 30 of 33 shots in 65 minutes of action. He was facing names like Zetterberg, Franzen, Miller, Filppula, Bertuzzi, Abdelkader, and Lidstrom; hardly the group of soon-to-be-IceHogs that Chicago sent out in front of him.
Salak’s last two preseason appearances, against Pittsburgh and Detroit, have see him allow only three goals against 41 shots (a .927 save percentage) in over 95 minutes of hockey.
Certainly the coaching staff will give Ray Emery a chance to earn more of a look. But what we’ve seen from Salak in his last two games could (should) be enough for him to be the man giving Corey Crawford a break during the 2011-12 season.