Dubnyk allowed four goals on 30 shots in a 4-3 loss against the Jets on Friday. The 31-year-old yielded two of those four goals on the power play, so he didn't really have as bad of a night as the stat line might suggest. Even still, Dubnyk is one of the coldest goaltenders to begin the season, as in three of his four starts, he's allowed at least four goals. Usually, we'd just chalk it up to a small sample size, but this slow start for Dubnyk is a little more concerning because of his poor finish to last season. He posted an .880 save percentage and 3.28 GAA in his last 12 appearances of the 2016-17 regular season.
Dubnyk will be in goal for Friday's matchup with the Jets, Michael Russo of TheAthletic.com reports. Dubnyk has struggled in his first three games of the season, giving up 11 goals on 104 shots for an .894 save percentage. It's a far cry from the 40-win, Vezina Trophy contending season that the netminder put together last year. For his career, the veteran is 7-7-1 versus Winnipeg with a .903 save percentage, but this is not the same Jets/Thrashers team that wallowed in the bottom of the standings year after year.
Dubnyk allowed five goals on 35 shots in an overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. The 31-year-old continued his rough start to the season, yielding a season-high five goals, including the game-winner in the first minute of overtime. Dubnyk played well Thursday against Chicago, but in two of his three starts, he's allowed at least four goals. Dubnyk didn't finish last season on a strong note, either, so it's not exactly encouraging that his slump seems to have carried over this fall. While it's way too early to assume he won't be in the Vezina Trophy discussion at the end of the season, the slew of injuries Minnesota is dealing with is concerning.
Dubnyk stopped 36 of 38 shots in Thursday's 5-2 win over Chicago. It was a strong night for Dubnyk, who helped the Wild pick up their first victory of the season. He's clearly the go-to-guy in Minnesota after starting 60-plus games in each of his last two seasons, so look for another busy campaign this time around. The workhorse has the ability to steal games, as exemplified by Thursday's performance, so use him well, as there aren't many better fantasy options in the cage.
Dubnyk will command the crease Thursday night versus the host Blackhawks, NHL.com reports. This will be the first game for Minnesota's chief backstop since he dropped a road decision in Detroit, allowing four goals on 31 shots for the season opener last Thursday. Chicago has won three of its first four games with 21 goals put up over that span, meaning Dubnyk should have his work cut out for him in this next one.
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