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Minnesota Wild about Dubnyk

Monday, January 9, 2017

Patrik Laine has been diagnosed with a concussion and that’s not good news for the Jets or his fantasy owners as he is in the mix for the Calder Trophy.


Right now there is no timetable for his return and he did not practice Sunday. Consider him day-to-day but he could be gone for a while as you never know with concussions.


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CAROLINA 4 BOSTON 3 (Overtime)


Sebastian Aho scored twice including the overtime winner to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over Boston.


The Finnish rookie now has 10 goals this season. He could have played for the depleted Finland team at the World Championships but there was no way the Hurricanes were going to let him go.


Tim Schaller gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first as he scored his sixth of the season with Dominic Moore picking up an assist.


Aho tied the game at 1 2:57 into the second and Derek Ryan gave Carolina the lead with his third goal in three games.


It stayed that way until the 5:49 mark of the third when David Backes tied the game with his 11th, Jay McClement potted his fourth of the season at the 7:20 mark of the third but Brad Marchand’s 13th just 23 seconds later tied it up and eventually sent it to overtime where Aho won it.


Zane McIntyre got the start for Boston and made 26 saves but it wasn’t enough.  He is 0-2-1 this season as the Bruins are 1-8-2 when Tuukka Rask doesn’t get the decision. McIntyre’s 4.00 GAA and .861 save percentage are pretty weak.


Cam Ward got the win to improve to 15-12-6 with a 2.28 GAA and a .915 save percentage. If you drafted Ward, you likely got him late and he has been terrific considering where he was drafted.


Ron Hainsey had five blocked shots.




The mandated five day layoff certainly did not hurt the Penguins as they played for the first time in a week and pummeled the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2.


They got off to a slow start as there was no scoring in the first. The Lightning got on the board first when Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth of the season.


But Conor Sheary with his 10th evened the score at 1 and Eric Fehr gave the Penguins a lead that they would never relinquish as he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy in the Tampa Bay cage to end the second at 2-1.


Chris Kunitz with his fourth and Scott Wilson with his fifth gave the Pens a 4-1 lead before Vladislav Namestnikov on the power play put the Lightning to within two.


But Phil Kessel restored the two goal lead and Kris Letang on the power play, finished the scoring with his third.


Vasilevskiy made 34 saves and he has really struggled of late as he has lost his last four starts and has given up 20 goals on 135 shots. He is 10-9-2 and has seen his GAA go up to 2.97 with a .904 save percentage.


Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for the win as he is 13-5-4 with a 3.07 GAA and a .910 save percentage. While his record is nice, his peripherals do hurt you.


Drouin, who also had an assist, had seven shots on goal. Patric Hornqvist had six hits.


Victor Hedman has been outstanding this season and got his 30th assist of the year.


Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists and now has 44 points.




Nick Foligno scored the overtime winner in the Blue Jackets 2-1 win over Philadelphia.


Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves and is now 26-6-2 this season for the top ranked Blue Jackets. He has a GAA of an even 2 and a .931 save percentage.


David Savard scored his second of the season to get the Blue Jackets on the board in the second period. There was no more scoring until the third when Brayden Schenn knocked in his 12th with Ivan Provorov picking up his 15th assist with just 16.5 seconds left in the game, spoiling the shutout bid of Bobrovsky.


Steve Mason made 23 saves and is 14-13-6 with a 2.79 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Don’t be surprised if Michal Neuvirth gets a lot more action in the immediate future.


Brandon Dubinsky had five hits for the Blue Jackets.




Ryan Hartman had a natural hat trick including the winner to lead Chicago to a 5-2 win.


Hartman started his heroics in the third period after Austin Watson tied the game at 2 with an assist going to Mike Fisher, his second of the night. I saw Fisher’s wife, Carrie Underwood, (it was on TV, I wasn’t at the awards) on the Golden Globes tonight so she obviously was not at the game cheering on her husband.


But I digressed. Hartman scored three times in 7:39 to put the game away for Chicago.


Artemi Panarin opened the scoring with his 17th of the season and Mattias Ekholm tied it up with his second.


But Niklas Hjalmarsson scored to make it 2-1 with his fifth of the season, a new career high.


Hartman has 10 goals this season and he and Hjalmarsson were both a plus-three.


Patrick Kane had three assists for the winners.


Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro, Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis were all minus-three for Nashville.





Mark Stone scored once and added a pair of assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win over Edmonton.


Stone assisted on both goals in the opening stanza as Zack Smith with his ninth, and Mike Hoffman on the power play with his 11th gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead heading into the second.


The Oilers struck hard in the second, as Patrick Maroon continued his hot pace with two goals to give him 16 this season. The Oilers then took a 3-2 lead when Leon Draisaitl potted his 15thConnor McDavid had two assists and continues to lead the NHL in scoring with 48 points, four ahead of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.


Stone with his 12th tied the game at three. He has 31 points this season after a horrible start. It’s just a reminder that you shouldn’t give up on a player who gets off to a slow start, especially a good player that you drafted with a high pick.


Tom Pyatt got the game winner at the 18:14 mark of the second.


Kyle Turris scored in the third into an empty net to finish the scoring.


Jonas Gustavsson was anything but a monster in goal as he gave up four goals on 17 shots. The 32-year-old is now 1-3-1 with a 3.10 GAA and a .878 save percentage.


Mike Condon stopped 35 of 38 shots and upped his record to 9-6-3 with a 2.32 GAA and a .919 save percentage.


Chris Wideman and Matthew Benning got into a fight in the second period and both had seven minutes in penalties.


Maroon was a plus-three while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian were all minus-three.





Devan Dubnyk sparkled once again as he made 23 saves to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win over Anaheim Sunday.


Dubnyk had struggled over the previous three games as he had given up four goals in each game but he got his mojo back on Sunday with the win.


The Minnesota netminder is 21-7-3 with a 1.80 GAA and a .939 save percentage. He also leads the NHL with five shutouts.


The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first as Ryan Kesler, who is having a great season, scored his 16th of the year with Jakub Silfverberg drawing his 15th assist of the season.


Minnesota scored twice in the second as defensemen Matt Dumba, on the power play with his sixth, and Jared Spurgeon with his fifth, found the back of the net.


Eric Staal continues his impressive comeback season as he picked up his 22nd assist of the season.


John Gibson took the loss but was great in the net as he stopped 34 shots. He is 15-10-7 with a 2.46 GAA and a .915 save percentage.


Sami Vatanen had seven blocked shots.

Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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