After Dubnyk dropped four straight decisions, Minnesota opted to start Kuemper against Los Angeles on Thursday.
Not only did Kuemper win, but he also blanked the Kings.
The victory put an end to Minnesota’s five-game losing streak.
“It just shows us we’re a good team,” Kuemper said after the win over the Kings. “It was just a tough stretch. We can beat everyone in this league. This is a big win for us.”
Instead of going back to his starter, coach Mike Yeo decided not to make any lineup changes ahead of Saturday afternoon’s game against the Sharks.
When asked why he’s played so well in California, here’s what Kuemper had to say:
The Sharks will go with Martin Jones.
—John Gibson will start for Anaheim. He’ll look to build off his win over the Wild on Wednesday. The Red Wings have yet to confirm their starter, but Petr Mrazek played last night. Don’t be surprised if Jimmy Howard gets the nod.
–The Avalanche haven’t named a starter yet for their matchup against Dallas. The Stars will turn to Antti Niemi. The 32-year-old has just one win in his last five contests.