Traded by the Edmonton Oilers a little more than a year ago, Devan Dubnyk has looked strong in winning all four appearances against his former club this season.
It’s likely he’ll get the chance to continue that success Friday night when the Minnesota Wild try to record a fifth consecutive victory at Edmonton.
Dubnyk went 61-76-21 with a 2.88 goals-against average in 171 games for Edmonton from his rookie season of 2009-10 until he was traded to Nashville last Jan. 15. With Arizona to start this season, Dubnyk stopped 90 of 93 shots and allowed one goal each time to win all three meetings with the Oilers.
He’s gone 11-2-1 with a 1.73 goals-against average while starting every game since being acquired by Minnesota (29-21-7) on Jan. 14. That includes a 23-save performance at Rexall Place on Jan. 27 for the third 2-1 victory he’s been part of against the Oilers (17-32-10).
"They’ve been good games, (Edmonton has) played well," he said. "It’s always a fun challenge. Fortunately I’ve been on the right side."
With Minnesota just outside of playoff position in the Western Conference, there’s a strong chance Dubnyk gets another crack at his former team.
He made 35 saves and Mikko Koivu scored in overtime to give the Wild their 11th victory in 15 contests, 3-2 at Calgary on Wednesday.
"Every point is very important and you need it all," Koivu, who has nine points in eight games, told the NHL’s official website. "We want to take as many as we can and move forward."
Minnesota killed off three penalties Wednesday and is 29 of 29 during a club-record 11-game stretch without allowing a power-play goal.
That run began when Edmonton went 0 for 3 with the man advantage last month.
The Wild are 7-1-1 in their last nine against the Oilers and have won nine of 10 at Edmonton, outscoring them 13-5 in taking the last four at Rexall.
The Oilers are looking to win two straight at home for the first time since Dec. 30-Jan. 4 after Martin Marincin recorded the only goal of a 12-round shootout in Wednesday’s 4-3 victory over Boston. Teddy Purcell had a goal with an assist and Ben Scrivens made 38 saves and shined during the shootout.
It was Scrivens’ first game after missing four with a hamstring injury.
"It was a great win," said Marincin, who does not have a goal in regulation or overtime in 62 career games but scored the shootout winner on his 23rd birthday.
Edmonton, 7-6-1 in its past 14, is among the NHL’s lowest-scoring teams at 2.27 goals per contest but has recorded four in two straight games and three of four. It’s gone 2 for 4 on the power play in each of the last two while earning three points over that span.
"We want to open up shooting lanes and get pucks to the net," coach Todd Nelson said. "A very simple philosophy."
Looking to extend his point streak to a career-high seven games, Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov has recorded three of his nine goals in the last two contests. However, he’s been blanked in four straight against the Wild.