• Devan Dubnyk is 18-3-1 since joining the Wild, and he has 27 victories on the season between here and Arizona. His previous career high came with Edmonton in 2011-12 when he went 20-20-3. His 1.60 goals-against average with the Wild would be by far the best of his career. His career mark is 2.74, and for comparison’s sake the NHL leader in goals-against average this season entering Saturday was Montreal’s Carey Price at 1.92. For the season, Dubnyk is at 2.09 overall. Maybe Wild goalies coach Bob Mason should get a lot of credit for Dubnyk’s success since his arrival.
• Bobby Knight spoke to me about how much respect he has for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who played for Knight at Army and was an assistant coach under Knight. “[The Blue Devils have] always been good when Mike has been there coaching and I’m sure they are this year, too,” he said. “What little I’ve seen of them I like. They play well on the defensive end and they’ve been getting stronger and stronger as the year has gone along.”
• Twins GM Terry Ryan had this to say about Ricky Nolasco, who posted a 6-12 record in his first year with the Twins and struggled to live up to his $49 million contract. “He came into camp [this year] looking physically good,” Ryan said. “He’s the one guy that has dropped quite a few pounds, but we need to get him right and get him back to the point of what he looked like with the Marlins and the Dodgers when they had him. He’s an important piece to this club and I think he has taken it upon himself. He wants to change people’s minds and I would hope that’s the thing that happens here. We certainly could use his experience, his innings, his history and all that stuff. I don’t think there’s any reason we can’t get him going in the right direction.”