Whatever you think of the impact of the new players, and however you want to attribute chemistry to the play of individuals, the thing that is fueling this Wild resurgence is goaltending.
Devan Dubnyk was in the midst of a bad run until right before Ryan Donato arrived, and overall his season was not good at that point.
At that time, among goalies with at least 1,000 minutes played this season, Dubnyk ranked No. 30 in the NHL in goals saved above average — a stat from Natural Stat Trick that measures goalies against an average goalie. And he was No. 42 in high danger save percentage — stopping 78.8 percent of shots from high-danger areas on the ice.
He started all five games during the Wild's recent winning streak. His goals saved above average was 5.62, No. 1 among all goalies. And his high-danger save percentage was a sparkling 93.8 during that span — No. 1 among all goalies with at least three starts since Feb. 20.
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