Wild lose Devan Dubnyk, call up prospect from Iowa

Minnesota will be without its mainstay in net.
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The Wild will be without goaltender Devan Dubnyk for the foreseeable future.

Dubnyk missed Wednesday's practice and it was announced on Thursday he's dealing with a family situation. In 14 games this season, Dubnyk is 4-8-2 with a 3.35 GAA and a .893 save percentage, which are all career lows since arriving in Minnesota.

Backup Alex Stalock will start against the Avalanche on Thursday evening. Stalock has been a steadier option in net, going 4-3-2 with a 2.63 GAA and a .911 SV% this season.

With Dubnyk out, the Wild recalled Kaapo Kahkonen from Iowa. Kahkonen was a fourth-round pick by Minnesota in 2014 and could be the successor to Dubnyk. In 10 games at the AHL level, Kahkonen is 7-2-2 with a 2.47 GAA and a .909 SV%.

Former Gopher hockey netminder Mat Robson is also playing well in Iowa and could be called up this season too.

The Wild are a quarter of the way through their schedule and are near the basement of the NHL standings going 8-11-2 with just 18 points.

If the season ended today, the Wild would have the third-best odds in the NHL Draft lottery.

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