Devan Dubnyk will start his 26th game in a row on Friday night when the Wild host the Ducks in Minnesota, marking the NHL’s longest consecutive starts streak since Jonas Hiller got 32 in a row for the Ducks during the 2011-12 campaign.
As we’ve talked about numerous times in Goalie Nods, Dubnyk has been outstanding for Minnesota this season and, should he continue this incredibly heavy workload, might be in talks as one of the three finalists for this year’s Vezina Trophy. Heading into tonight’s action, he’s 24-19-4 on the year (with Minnesota) with a .937 save percentage, 1.67 GAA and five shutouts.
For the Ducks, John Gibson will start in goal.
Sens at Isles: (No Ottawa starter yet) vs. Jaroslav Halak
Stars at Caps: (No Dallas starter yet) vs. Braden Holtby
Oilers at Jackets: (No Edmonton starter yet) vs. Sergei Bobrovsky
Leafs at Flames: James Reimer vs. Jonas Hiller
Kadri ‘a little bit humiliated,’ but will return Saturday versus Canucks
It’ll be interesting to see how Kadri responds to his punishment, which was initially doled out after sleeping in and missing a team meeting on Sunday, then extended midweek by Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, who said Kadri’s suspension was about more than just tardiness.
Kadri, who sits fourth on the team in goals (16) and points (36), will need to show something over the final 14 games of the season, as this summer promises to be an integral one for both him and the Leafs organization. The club is in the midst of a tear-down/rebuild and while Toronto brass has publicly voiced support for Kadri as a part of its future, the 24-year-old does need a new contract this offseason and it’s fair to suggest how he responds to this punishment will play a role in negotiations.
PHT Morning Skate: Ryan Kesler hosts ‘Betweeen Two Zambonis’
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Playing off of Zach Galifianakis’ webseries “Between Two Ferns”, Anaheim Ducks’ forward Ryan Kesler hosts his own segment called, “Betweeen Two Zambonis”. His first guest was defenseman Cam Fowler. Have a look:
George Parros and the crew at Violent Gentlemen introduced new jerseys by reenacting the “GAME ON!” scene from Wayne’s World. (Bar Down)
After his latest knee surgery, San Jose Sharks’ forward Raffi Torres is optimistic he’ll be ready for the start of next season. (San Jose Mercury News)
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With news of the Leafs scratching Nazem Kadri for disciplinary reasons, Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean discussed hiring a private investigator to follow Nikolai Zherdev while he was the GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Sportsnet)
A Devastating hit in a Swedish Hockey League playoff game leads to ejection. (Puck Daddy)