Dubnyk made 21 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Sharks. The skaters in front of him did all they could to help out their struggling goaltender, limiting the opposition to five shots on goal in both the first and third periods. Dubnyk came into this one with 14 goals allowed over four consecutive regulation losses, but hopefully this victory over the Pacific Division leaders will help him find the form that had the veteran leading the Vezina Trophy race for most of the season.
Dubnyk will get the starting nod against the Sharks on Tuesday, Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press reports. Including two relief appearances, Dubnyk has hit the ice in 14 straight contests in which he has posted a 5-8-0 record with a 3.00 GAA -- a far cry from his dominance earlier in the season. The netminder is currently bogged down in a four-game losing streak that started after his March 12 matchup with Chicago saw him get pulled after giving up two goals on two shots.
Dubnyk yielded five goals on 21 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Jets on Sunday. After falling behind by four, the Wild made a furious comeback to tie the score 4-4 in the second period, but Dubnyk allowed the game-winner during the third. Dubnyk is in a real slump, posting an .875 save percentage and 3.52 GAA in his last eight contests. He's won just once during that stretch. If there's a positive, though, Minnesota's schedule is much easier next week, as its next four opponents are all ranked in the bottom half of the league in scoring.
Dubnyk will defend the net for Sunday's game in Winnipeg, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports. Dubnyk will draw his second start in as many nights despite losing his last three outings with a combined 11 goals allowed. Darcy Kuemper has proven to be a capable backup in the past, but the Wild will apparently continue to roll with their starter to try and spark some good play from him less than a month before the beginning of the playoffs. He'll face pucks from a Jets team that is averaging 3.29 goals per game in March, good for fifth in the NHL.
Dubnyk allowed three goals on 30 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night. He has delivered some decent, but unspectacular performances of late, and his teammates haven't helped him much -- Dubnyk has one win in his last eight starts dating back to the start of the month. Only twice has he allowed more than two goals per game in that span. He should right the proverbial ship soon. Dubnyk is a Vezina-caliber netminder and pretty soon, he'll just hoist the Wild on his back to win.
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