Nashville Predators: Power Ranking the Central Division Goaltenders

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 3: Fans cheer Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators as he leaves the ice following a 1-0 shutout win against the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena on November 3, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 3: Fans cheer Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators as he leaves the ice following a 1-0 shutout win against the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena on November 3, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 23: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild looks on against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 23, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Wild defeated the Avalanche 5-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 23: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild looks on against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 23, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Wild defeated the Avalanche 5-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Dubnyk is keeping Wild alive

Minnesota is a hard team to figure out. It looks like they’re going to be in another battle for a wildcard spot, despite a lot of flaws. I don’t count Devan Dubnyk as one of those flaws. He very rarely gives you a start where you just shake your and put the loss squarely on him. He’s trending in the right direction as the second half of the season rolls on. This is the time when teams start separating themselves from the rest of the pack.

The Wild are near the bottom of the NHL in goals per game at just 2.79. They don’t give Dubnyk much room for error. And yet he continues to put up solid numbers and keep the Wild on the doorstep of another playoff berth, and possibly a top-three finish in a tough Central Division. He’s already up to 42 starts on the season, meaning the Wild are really relying on him to have a career-best type of year.

Dubnyk is a great story if you follow his career. He’s revitalizing his career with Minnesota after being cast away by many teams, including Nashville. Now he’s looking to end Minnesota’s playoff woes and become the next red-hot goaltender to carry a team to a deep playoff run, as Pekka Rinne has done for the Predators. Dubnyk’s experience and being through the wars helps me put more faith in him than most goaltenders in the division. I can seem him single-handily winning a seven-game series for the Wild.