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Dubnyk looks to stay perfect
The Minnesota Wild will stick with Devan Dubnyk when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Xcel.
Dubnyk, who won his first two stars for the Wild since coming over in a trade from Arizona, began his time in Minnesota by shutting out Buffalo, then stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 win over his old Coyotes teammates Saturday.
With that win, Dubnyk continued what’s been a stellar bounce-back season and now sits at 11-5-2 on the year, with a 2.49 GAA and .921 save percentage.
For Columbus, Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal.
‘Canes at Leafs: Anton Khudobin vs. Jonathan Bernier
Canucks at Panthers: Ryan Miller likely for Vancouver, Roberto Luongo likely for Florida.
Avs at Blues: Semyon Varlamov vs. Brian Elliott
Flames at Kings: Joni Ortio for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.
Devils at Sharks: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Alex Stalock likely for San Jose.
Hey, remember when John Tortorella started Eddie Lack over Roberto Luongo in the 2014 Heritage Classic and like two days later Luongo had forced a trade to Florida?
Now YOU can commemorate that moment by purchasing the pads that Luongo wore to sit on the bench and watch the Canucks lose to Ottawa.
From the press release:
The Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) is excited to announce that bidding has opened for an online auction in support of the 15th annual CFKF Dice & Ice Benefit, presented by Scotiabank. The auction of more than 25 rare and priceless items and experiences includes:
-Former Canuck Roberto Luongo’s autographed Heritage Classic pads, glove, and blocker which are themed with Vancouver Millionaires colouring
The online auction featuring a number of unique and priceless items is now open and closes January 28th at 12:00 a.m. PST through the NHL Auction website at canucks.com/auction.
Here are the current bids to own these proud pieces of Canucks history:
Anyway, it’s for a good cause, so we can’t make fun of it too much. Hopefully the bids go a lot higher. According to its website, the Canucks for Kids Fund has “granted more than $46 million to charities in British Columbia over the last 29 years.”
I probably should’ve checked ol’ @strombone1 before I posted this. Of course he chimed in via Twitter:
For just the third time season – remember, it’s the middle of January – the Edmonton Oilers have won on the road. It took a 3-2 shootout result against the Florida Panthers on Saturday to end the skid, which had reached 14 games, according to Sportsnet Stats on Twitter.
Nail Yakupov, shooting first for Edmonton, scored the lone goal of the deciding skills competition. He fooled Roberto Luongo with a head fake and nice move to the forehand. While Yakupov, the first overall pick in 2012, gets the shootout winner, he has still only registered one goal since Dec. 9 – a span of 19 games.
As for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, the Oilers join the Sabres – both bottom dwellers in the NHL’s overall standings – at 31 points.
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Dubnyk gets a crack at his former team
After being dealt by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday, Devan Dubnyk will get a shot at his former team Saturday night when the Wild play host to the Coyotes. Dubnyk made 18 saves in a shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday – his Wild debut. The 28-year-old made 19 appearances for the Coyotes this season going 9-5-2 while posting a 2.72 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage.
Mike Smith is expected to make the start for the Coyotes.
Blue Jackets at Bruins: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Tuukka Rask
Maple Leafs at Blues: Jonathan Bernier vs. Brian Elliott
Oilers at Panthers: Viktor Fasth vs. Roberto Luongo
Avalanche at Lightning: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Bishop
Predators at Red Wings: Carter Hutton vs. Petr Mrazek
Hurricanes at Senators: Anton Khudobin vs. Craig Anderson
Islanders at Canadiens: Jaroslav Halak vs. Dustin Tokarski
Flyers at Sabres: Rob Zepp vs. Michal Neuvirth
Captials at Stars: Justin Peters vs. Kari Lehtonen
Ducks at Kings: Frederik Andersen vs. Jonathan Quick
Flames at Sharks: Joni Ortio vs. Antti Niemi
All the latest from the crease…
Talbot starts in Boston
Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.
Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.
Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)
Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.
Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo
Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop
Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.
Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott
Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)
Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith
Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.