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.
Dubnyk stopped 27 of 31 shots in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Red Wings. Dubnyk may have surrendered four goals, but all the talk from the game is pertaining to a spectacular glove save he made on Gustav Nyquist. While he didn't emerge victorious, Dubnyk is coming off a strong campaign in 2016-17 where he hit 40 wins for the first time in his career and posted a solid .923 save percentage. He's relied on heavily in Minnesota and his highlight-reel breakaway stop on Nyquist could be a sign of more heroics to come this season.
Dubnyk will get the starting nod against the Red Wings on Thursday, Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press reports. Dubnyk cracked the 40-win mark for the first time in his career last season and will be looking to reach similar heights in 2017-18. The organization is high on backup Alex Stalock, but is unlikely to stop utilizing Dubnyk in 60-plus outings as it has for the past two campaigns. The Red Wings are still in the midst of a rebuild, which should give the 31-year-old a decent shot at opening the year with a victory.
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