Timing is everything.
Especially for a goalie. Especially for an NHL goalie named Devan Dubnyk.
The Edmonton Oilers decide to end his five-season tenure there last season and shipped him to the Nashville Predators, where he obviously had no chance to start. So the Arizona Coyotes signed him last July, ostensibly as Mike Smith’s back up, and he ends up starting 16 games and appearing in 19 because Mike Smith played like hot garbage. He posts a 2.72 GAA and a .916 save percentage, both significantly better than Smith.
Minnesota Wild, having their own goaltending issues, come calling Don Maloney and acquire Dubnyk. He then goes on an insane 10-1-1 tear in 13 appearances, piloting a Wild post-All-Star break surge with a .938 save percentage and a 1.60 GAA.
There was another goalie around Dubnyk’s height who went on a 13-game tear for a team who desperately needed a boost, posting 10 wins during that stretch. It happened 27 years ago. The team was the New Jersey Devils, who rode thatRead More »from How Devan Dubnyk gave Minnesota Wild their groove back