Goalie nods: Dubnyk goes again for Wild in key game vs. Flames


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All Devan, all the time

Devan Dubnyk has been the goalie of record for Minnesota since coming over from Arizona two weeks ago, and that won’t change tonight when the Wild face the Flames in Calgary.

Dubnyk, who’s posted a .911 save percentage and 2.04 GAA in five games, is coming off a 2-1 win over Edmonton in which he stopped 23 of 24 shots. He’ll need a similar performance tonight if the 12th-place Wild want to stay within striking distance of the eighth-place Flames, who are currently seven points up in the standings:

For Calgary, Jonas Hiller starts in goal.


Bruins at Isles: Jaroslav Halak for New York, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Habs at Rangers: Carey Price vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Jets at Flyers: Michael Hutchinson vs. Steve Mason

Jackets at Panthers: Curtis McElhinney vs. Roberto Luongo

Wings at Bolts: Petr Mrazek vs. Ben Bishop

Stars at Sens: Robin Lehner for Ottawa, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Coyotes at Leafs: Mike Smith vs. Jonathan Bernier

Preds at Blues: Carter Hutton vs. Brian Elliott

Sabres at Oilers: Jhonas Enroth vs. Ben Scrivens

Ducks at Sharks: Ilya Bryzgalov likely for Anaheim, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.

Ducks coach hopes All-Star snub acts as ‘motivation’ for Andersen


Frederik Andersen didn’t get selected to go to the 2015 All-Star game, despite 24 wins, which is second amongst all NHL goalies.

His coach in Anaheim, Bruce Boudreau, admitted the snub to his No. 1 goalie was a tad surprising, even though there have been some tremendous seasons being put in by other puck stoppers across the league, as outlined here.

“You’re talking to a guy that’s seen him play all the time,” Boudreau told the Orange County Register.

“Of course, I’m surprised. I’d like a lot of our guys to have been selected. I think we’ve got the kind of record that merits more than one person going to the All-Star game but it isn’t.

“Hopefully it’s motivation for Freddie to say ‘I’ll show you.’ He deserves it but he’s not going to it.”

The Ducks defeated the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Andersen was given the night off, as Ilya Bryzgalov was given the start, making 14 saves in a 5-1 Anaheim victory.

Goalie nods: Halak vs. Fleury in battle of All-Star replacements

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Halak to face Fleury

Interesting sidebar to tonight’s Penguins-Islanders game at Nassau — Marc-Andre Fleury and Jaroslav Halak, named as replacement All-Stars for Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard yesterday, will square off in a key Metropolitan Division showdown.

The Isles head into tonight’s action one point up on the Pens, and much of that has to do with Halak’s play this year; he’s won nine of his last 11 starts and has been very good against Pittsburgh this season, posting a 1.52 GAA and .954 save percentage through two head-to-head matchups.

Fleury has been equally strong this season, especially against the Isles — he’s secured three of a possible four points with a 2.40 GAA and .929 save percentage.


Canucks at ‘Canes: Cam Ward for Carolina, no word yet on a Vancouver starter.

Rangers at Jackets: Henrik Lundqvist for New York, Sergei Bobrovsky likely for Columbus.

Caps at Preds: Braden Holtby vs. Carter Hutton

Jets at ‘Hawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word yet on a Winnipeg starter.

Devils at Ducks: Cory Schneider vs. Ilya Bryzgalov

Bryzgalov was willing to retire, but he’s happy in Anaheim


The summer of 2014 went by without Ilya Bryzgalov securing an NHL contract. The team he finished the 2013-14 campaign with, the Minnesota Wild, gave him the opportunity to participate in training camp on a tryout basis, but he ultimately didn’t make the squad.

His career seemed to be in jeopardy despite his largely solid season, but Bryzgalov wasn’t worried. Already financially set following the Philadelphia Flyers’ decision to buy him out, he would have been content to call it a career.

“I was enjoying my life, to be honest,” he said, per Canada.com. “I was not worried about hockey at that time. If something came up good, I would look at it … if it was not, I was in a great position too. I had a great career if nothing came up.

“I read lots of articles about myself in the newspapers like some journalists (said) maybe he felt bad, he got to come back. No, it was like I felt great. I was enjoying my life.”

Eventually Anaheim took an interest in him though after goaltender John Gibson suffered a groin injury and Bryzgalov liked the idea of returning to the team that drafted him in 2000. Bryzgalov has only played in three games with the Ducks since signing on Dec. 9, but that hasn’t dampened his spirits.

“I have like lots of connections with California,” he said. “Me and my wife were married here, my son was born here, we built the first house here, we won the Cup here.”

He’s happy to get another chance to win it all with Anaheim. On the rare occasions that they need him, he’ll go out and try to secure a victory.

“That’s all I can do,” he said. “The rest of the stuff I don’t worry about.”

It’s a long way from where he was just a couple years ago when he said he endured a season he “wouldn’t wish to an enemy.”

Ducks assign Gibson to Norfolk


The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that goaltender John Gibson has been assigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

The 21-year-old is 2-2-0 with a 2.28 G.A.A. and a .927 save percentage in four appearances this season with the Ducks. However, Gibson has not played since injuring his groin during pre-game skate on Nov.2 and has missed 21 games.

In the wake of the Ilya Bryzgalov signing, Gibson is expected to spend much of the season in the AHL.

Gibson is 21-17-4 with five shutouts, a 2.37 G.A.A. and .918 save percentage in 46 career AHL games with Norfolk.