CALGARY, Alberta -- Goalie Alex Stalock will get his second start of the season Tuesday when the Sharks play the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan — looking to give his team a spark after five straight losses — decided to go with Stalock as San Jose gets ready to play the second game of a five game road trip that concludes after Sunday's game in Chicago.

Stalock's one prior start this season came Oct. 27 in a 5-2 win at Ottawa. Stalock also came in relief of Antti Niemi on Nov. 7 against Vancouver, stopping all 21 shots he faced in San Jose's 4-2 loss to the Canucks.

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Goalkeeper Alex Stalock #32 of the San Jose Sharks makes a stick save against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at
SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Goalkeeper Alex Stalock #32 of the San Jose Sharks makes a stick save against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at SAP Center on November 7, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Canucks won the game 4-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

"Every decision we make is based on the fact we haven't won in five games. We're trying to win the game and trying to put things together," McLellan said. "We're on a five-game road trip with five games in eight nights, and to expect (Niemi) to every minute is unreasonable, so Alex will get the start here."

Niemi looked brilliant at times and shaky at others Sunday against Winnipeg, as he faced 46 shots and stopped two of three shootout attempts in a 5-4 loss. It was the fourth time in five games that Niemi had allowed at least four goals.

Stalock made 38 saves against the Senators, his first career start.


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"I thought it went well," Stalock said. "The No. 1 goal was to get a win that night and we were able to do that. We got plenty of goals up front and the guys kept it a lot to the outside, so it was fairly easy for me. Hopefully, it will go the same way tonight."

McLellan also confirmed that defenseman Brad Stuart will be back in the lineup Tuesday, with Matt Irwin being a healthy scratch for the fourth time in five games.