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2016-17 Preview: Goaltenders

Dubnyk, Kuemper both back in the crease

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / takes a look at the goaltenders who will begin the 2016-17 season with Minnesota:


Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Analysis: The Wild brings back a pair of familiar faces between the pipes. 

If not for his ridiculous first half-season with the Wild after being acquired in a trade from the Arizona Coyotes in January of 2015, Dubnyk's 2015-16 campaign would have been the best of his career. His 32 wins and 66 starts were career bests, while his 2.33 goals-against average and .918 save percentage both exceeded his career averages. Dubnyk's 1,679 saves were the fourth most in the NHL last season, and his five shutouts were the fifth most, a product of his heavy minutes load. Dubnyk has battled a minor injury during training camp but looked sharp in his final tuneup Saturday against Winnipeg, stopping 17 of 18 shots, including several quality stops near the end of the second period to keep the game tied. The Wild scored four goals in the third for a 5-1 victory.

Like Dubnyk, Kuemper had goals against and save percentage numbers that finished better than his career averages last season. But his 16 starts were the fewest he's had since his first year in the NHL (2012-13). Kuemper should surpass the 100 games played mark this season and has proven capable of carrying the load if need be. Still just 26 years old, Kuemper's best days should be in front of him.

Coach's Corner: "I've had young goalies [in Anaheim and Washington]. The thing is, the young goalies were all real good, so it wasn't a problem. But I've also had Olie Kolzig and Cristobal Huet who were pretty veteran goalies. Viktor Fast was 30, Jonas Hiller was 30, so I've had a cross-section of older and younger goalies. All I care about is if they stop the puck; I couldn't give a [darn] about how old they are." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on his goaltenders

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