Devan Dubnyk Earns NHL’s First Star Of February


Devan Dubnyk edges out Montreal’s Carey Price and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the NHL’s top player of the month.

With an 11-2-1 record, a 1.64 GAA, a .939 save percentage, and 3 shutouts in February, Devan Dubnyk is the NHL’s First Star of the month.  He’s also the first player in franchise history to earn top honors in the monthly award.

Dubnyk started all 14 games for the Wild in February, leading the league in wins and shutouts. Since joining the Wild, Dubnyk is 15-3-1 with a 1.64 GAA and a .937 save percentage. Playing in 39 games this season, Dubnyk is 3rd in the NHL with a 2.15 GAA and 5th in the NHL with a .926 save percentage. He’s tied with Carey Price and Ryan Miller with 6 shutouts, good for 3rd in the NHL. 5 of Dubnyk’s 6 shutouts have come with the Minnesota Wild, including impressive wins over the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche.

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Price, the frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy, was awarded the NHL’s second star of the month with a 9-1-1 record accompanied by a 1.34 GAA and .949 save percentage.

Alex Ovechkin took home 3rd star honors with 10 goals, 17 points, and 5 power play goals.

I used the word earns in my title rather than awarded for one simple reason. Since joining the Wild, Devan Dubnyk has earned every accolade that’s come his way. It’s probably time to re-sign him, eh? His workman like attitude and skills in the crease make him an invaluable asset to this team, which moved from 12th in the Western Conference to 8th. Headed in to Tuesday’s tilt with the Ottawa Senators, Dubnyk is tied with Niklas Backstrom’s franchise record for consecutive starts at 20. I expect him to break that.