Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who shut out Chicago 3-0 on Saturday night, was named NHL Third Star of the Week on Monday.

Dubnyk went 2-0-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .950 save percentage last week, an effort that helped the Wild snag five out of a possible six points.

"It’s something to build off of," coach Bruce Boudreau said. " ... Last game was very reminiscent of the way he played the first 40 games last year. If we get that kind of goaltending, we’re going to be in good stead.”

Claude Giroux, who had six points in four games for Philadelphia, was first star and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau, who had seven points in four games, was second star.

The Wild had an optional practice Monday morning, with the veterans (Dubnyk, Matt Cullen, Mikko Koivu, Eric Staal, Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon) taking the session off to rest. 

Defenseman Nick Seeler was on the ice after getting recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League Monday and is poised to make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Rangers at Xcel Energy Center.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity, and I'm going to make the best of it," he said.

As a hardnosed, gritty defender, Seeler adds a new element to the Wild's back end – a style Boudreau believes could benefit the team.

"He’s more physical," Bodureau said. "He doesn’t mind getting involved in any rough stuff. Sometimes he’s overexuberant, and I’m sure tomorrow he’ll be about as excited as he’s ever been. We might have to curtail him a little bit.”

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