EDMONTON -- Sometimes it's hard for Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk to square up how much his career has changed since his time as an Edmonton Oiler.
It was just four years ago that Dubnyk had reached rock bottom in the NHL, going 11-17-2 in 29 starts for what was the worst team in the standings. He was traded to Nashville mid-season, then to Montreal, where he was assigned to the American Hockey League before mercifully being sent home to re-evaluate his career.
He signed the following summer with the Arizona Coyotes, rehabbed his NHL career for half a season in the desert playing behind Mike Smith then was traded in January 2015 to Minnesota, where he's become one of the very best netminders in the League.
It truly is a remarkable comeback story.
Now, following a victory in Vancouver on Friday night, Dubnyk stands one win shy of 200 for his NHL career, and has a chance to achieve it where it all began for him in Edmonton.
Video: Wild pregame at Edmonton Oilers
Dubnyk admitted Saturday morning that he couldn't have imagined 200 victories ever becoming a possibility.
"No ... 200 games would have been great at that point," Dubnyk said. "It's cool, it's exciting and it's been a fun period of time here over the last few years. It started here, so it's a good opportunity hopefully to get it tonight."
Drafted by the Oilers as an 18-year-old in 2004, Dubnyk debuted in Edmonton in 2009 and played in 19 games his rookie season.
After playing 35 games the following year, Dubnyk played a bulk of the games in his third season in 2011-12. He went 14-16-6 during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign and posted solid numbers, including a .920 save percentage, but there wasn't much help around him.
Eventually, that took a toll.
While the Wild arrived late Friday night and doesn't have an off day in the city, Dubnyk said every return to Edmonton offers him a chance to reflect on his time here and how he grew as both a person and a player.
"I always feel that way when I come back to Edmonton," Dubnyk said. "It's a little different with the new arena (Rogers Place), you don't get the same feelings as you did coming into Rexall [Place], but I'll always remember this place.
"Obviously, we weren't playing great; it was a rocky start, but they believed in me and stuck with me and gave me a chance. That's something I'll always remember."
Here are the projected lineups:
Jason Zucker - Eric Staal - Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter
Tyler Ennis - Matt Cullen - Charlie Coyle
Marcus Foligno - Joel Eriksson Ek - Daniel Winnik
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Gustav Olofsson - Nate Prosser
Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Drake Caggiula - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Pontus Aberg
Anton Slepyshev - Ryan Strome - Jesse Puljujarvi
Iiro Pakarinen - Jujhar Khaira - Zack Kassian
Darnell Nurse - Adam Larsson
Kris Russell - Ethan Bear
Andrej Sekera - Matt Benning