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GAMEDAY: Wild at St. Louis

Friday, 09.27.2013 / 3:58 PM

The Minnesota Wild closes out its preseason schedule tonight on the road in St. Louis, closing out a home-and-home series against the Blues. The Wild topped St. Louis, 3-1, at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.

You might’ve noticed the Red Baron Pizza logo in today’s preview photo. Well, Wild.com and @mnwild are teaming up with Red Baron for all Minnesota road games this season to give fans a chance to interact socially when the team is out of the State of Hockey. Keep an eye out for #RedBaronRoadie and Wild.com for information on how to win great prizes including team autographed items.

UPDATED: The Wild has recalled goaltender
Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and released David Steckel from his professional try out.

Wild Lineup

The Wild will take one final look at a few young players in preseason action, while giving the top line additional reps. Josh Harding will get the start in net:

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville
Dany Heatley - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine
Torrey Mitchell
- Kyle Brodziak - Matt Cooke 
Nino Niederreiter - Mikael Granlund - Jason Zucker
Extra Forward: Zenon Konopka   

Jonas Brodin
- Nate Prosser
Jared Spurgeon  - Marco Scandella
Mathew Dumba - Clayton Stoner

Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

What to Watch

Much has been made about the evalution of the Wild’s young players at camp and making enough of an impression this preseason to make the club’s Opening Night roster as Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 3. Well, tonight is the final game where the young guys get to show their stuff. Mikael Granlund is expect to play tonight after suffering an upper-body tweak in Winnipeg and is in contention for a regular spot in the lineup.

Tonight’s Blues Roster

St. Louis is yet to release its lineup, but will sit three forwards and two defensemen:


Jaden Schwartz
Brenden Morrow
Derek Roy
Vladimir Sobotka
Alexander Steen
Patrik Berglund
Chris Stewart
Chris Porter
Maxim Lapierre
David Backes
Magnus Paajarvi
T.J. Oshie
Ryan Reaves
Adam Cracknell
Vladimir Tarasenko


Barrett Jackman
Ryan Whitney
Jay Bouwmeester
Kevin Shattenkirk
Alex Pietrangelo
Ian Cole
Jordan Leopold
Roman Polak


Brian Elliot
Jaroslav Halak

Up Next

The Wild travels to Duluth on Sunday for some team bonding and return to the Twin Cities to open the 2013-14 season on Oct. 3 against the aforementioned Kings.

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