Kuemper allowed four goals on just 21 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday. The free-fall continues for the Wild, who have now lost seven of their last eight games. Minnesota outshot Vancouver 27-21, but the Wild failed to score more than two goals for the ninth time in 13 games this month. Devan Dubnyk is in a major slump, which opened the door for Kuemper on Saturday, but he failed to prove he deserves more playing time. It's hard to trust either Wild netminder at the moment.
Kuemper led the Wild out on the ice for warmups Saturday afternoon, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. This means the backup goalie will start at home against the Canucks. Kuemper didn't play at all in the last six games, but the Wild desperately need a change of pace with No. 1 backstop Devan Dubnyk posting a 3.07 GAA, .890 save percentage, and just one win in that span.
Devan Dubnyk led the Wild onto the ice for pregame warmups, which means Kuemper will not start Thursday against Carolina. It isn't clear why coach Bruce Boudreau decided to make a last-minute switch in goal, but he may simply want to lean on his workhorse goaltender in hopes of breaking out of the slump the Wild have experienced over their past five games. Kuemper's next opportunity to start will come Saturday against the Rangers.
Kuemper will start in goal Thursday against the Hurricanes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Kuemper allowed two goals on 20 shots in relief of Devan Dubnyk in Sunday's contest against the Blackhawks and is slated to return to a starting role Thursday. He remains a clear backup to Dubnyk and will have spotty opportunities in net the rest of the way, making him just a streaming option in season-long leagues and a potential daily play with the right matchup. Thursday may provide one of those opportunities against a weak Carolina attack.
Kuemper allowed two goals on 20 shots in relief of Devan Dubnyk during a 4-2 defeat against the Blackhawks on Sunday. His off day only lasted five minutes, as Dubnyk yielded a pair of goals on the first two shots he faced. In 55-plus minutes of relief, Kuemper was adequate, but not good enough to bring Minnesota back from the deficit. Kuemper doesn't figure to be in the net much down the stretch, but even when he is, owners can likely find a better option. He is 7-3-3 with a .904 save percentage and 3.21 GAA this season.
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