Goalie nods: Rested Dubnyk versus red-hot Smith?


Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild haven’t played a game since Saturday, when their star goalie stopped 30 of 32 shots and they earned a 3-2 victory over the Blues.

Hopefully the Wild took advantage of their days off, because they have to play tonight in Arizona, tomorrow in Los Angeles and Sunday in Anaheim.

Dubnyk will start against the surprising Coyotes, with Darcy Kuemper expected to make his season debut versus the winless Kings.

Mike Smith — he of the .981 save percentage — has not been confirmed as the Coyotes’ starter, but would Dave Tippett really go to Anders Lindback now? Probably not. (But we’ll update the post if he does.)


Henrik Lundqvist versus Carey Price in Montreal. Couple of decent goalies facing off there.

Thomas Greiss for the Islanders. Pekka Rinne (who’s only allowed two goals in his first three starts) likely for the Predators.

Craig Anderson for the Senators. Marc-Andre Fleury for the winless (and Beau Bennett-less) Penguins.

Braden Holtby for the Capitals (featuring Alex Ovechkin, assuming he’s up). Scott Darling is probable for the Blackhawks, given Corey Crawford started (and lost) last night in Philly.

Ben Bishop for the Lightning. Kari Lehtonen for the Stars.

Chad Johnson for the Sabres. Roberto Luongo for the Panthers.

Brian Elliott for the Blues. Cam Talbot for the winless Oilers, who are playing for the first time at home this season.