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.

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.

Maple Leafs sign defenseman Rasmus Sandin to 2-year deal

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TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.

“Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”

The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.

Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.