Kuemper allowed four goals on 44 shots in a loss to Dallas on Saturday. Considering the number of shots he faced and that it was his first start in November, Kuemper played well, posting a .909 save percentage in the overtime loss to one of the league's most offensively dynamic teams.
Kuemper will start in the crease Saturday night against the Stars, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Kuemper gives starting backstop Devan Dubnyk a breather, as the latter player has made an appearance in all but one game for the Wild this season. Still, the Wild appear to have faith in Keumper since they're putting him in against the Stars who have the second-best record in the NHL behind the Canadiens.
Kuemper allowed four goals on 18 shots and lasted just one minute into the second period before being pulled in Sunday's loss to the Jets. Making his second start of the season, Kuemper was not nearly as effective as he was his first time out, and ultimately forced coach Mike Yeo to play Devin Dubnyk for the majority of the game after he started Saturday's contest as well. With Dubnyk playing well in front of him, Kuemper likely won't draw starts too regularly.
Kuemper will be in the crease in Sunday's game against the Jets, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. Devan Dubnyk is scheduled to start in goal Saturday against Anaheim, which is why Minnesota has opted to roll with Kuemper Sunday against Winnipeg in the second of back-to-back contests. Kuemper has been great in limited action thus far this season, posting an 0-0-1 record with a 1.94 GAA and .946 save percentage. On Sunday he draws into a matchup with a Winnipeg squad that has been highly effective offensively, averaging 3.29 goals scored per game.
Kuemper will start Friday at Los Angeles, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He'll make his season debut in the second of back-to-back games. Devan Dubnyk will start Thursday at Arizona.
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