All the latest from the blue paint…
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.
The Vancouver Canucks needed goals and needed wins.
This five-game road trip has brought them to Philadelphia to face the Flyers and Carolina to play the Hurricanes, so that’s pretty much a perfect remedy for what was ailing the Pacific Division team.
The Canucks shut out the Flyers on Thursday. Then they kept the Hurricanes off the score board on Friday.
Ryan Miller was in net for both of those starts, and he was sharp against Carolina, especially in the first period, turning aside the 12 shots he faced, when the team in front of him had difficulties getting up to speed playing in back-to-back nights.
They finally got their legs, scoring three times in the second period on their way to a 3-0 victory.
There were some scary moments for both teams in that second period. Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner went to the dressing room after falling awkwardly into the end boards. He did return. Canucks defenseman Frank Corrado took a puck to the face and also went to the dressing room, but he, too, returned to the game.
However, there was some bad news for the Canucks. According to Dan Murphy of Sportsnet, center Brad Richardson was seen on crutches after the game.
Here’s an example of Miller’s work (and a nifty through-the-legs pass from Carolina’s Alexander Semin):
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.