The Minnesota Wild have been able to count on Devan Dubnyk all season long, almost like clockwork.
Yet, with some tough times lately and the Chicago Blackhawks’ blistering pace, the Wild find themselves trailing in the Central Division. It seems crass to “expect” Vezina-type performances, but considering what Minnesota is up against, they might need that level of work from Dubnyk to regain the Central lead.
One would expect Dubnyk to face Antti Raanta and the New York Rangers tonight.
Note: this post comes early in the day, so there may be an update later this afternoon. (? – means an educated guess that’s a little shakier than “probably.”)
Avalanche: Calvin Pickard vs. Red Wings: Jimmy Howard
Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo vs. Islanders: Thomas Greiss
Canadiens: Carey Price vs. Senators Mike Condon (?)
Capitals: Braden Holtby (?) vs. Lightning: Andrei Vasilevskiy (?)
Blackhawks: Corey Crawford vs. Leafs: Frederik Andersen
Predators: Probably Juuse Saros vs. Hurricanes: Eddie Lack
Blues: Jake Allen (?) vs. Coyotes: Mike Smith (?)
Canucks: Richard Bachman vs. Oilers: Cam Talbot
Ducks: Jonathan Bernier (?) vs. Martin Jones