1 2 3 OT T
Anaheim Ducks ANA 2 1 0 1 4
30 SHOTS 33
20 HITS 23
13 PIM 11
1/3 PP 2/4

GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Anaheim

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Minnesota Wild (0-0-1: 1 point, T-8th in Western Conference, 5th in Central Division) vs Anaheim Ducks (0-1-0: 0 points, T-9th in Western Conference, T-5th in Pacific Division)
While the dream of an 82-0 season might be over after suffering an Opening Night shootout loss, the Wild can still go undefeated in regulation and the chase starts tonight as the club hosts the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center. For the second-straight contest the Wild hosts a Pacific Division foe, as the club tries to close out opening weekend with three points.

Tonight the Wild will look to avenge last season's series against the Ducks. Anaheim swept the series 3-0.

This season, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that he wants to be more of a puck possession club. Although we’re only one game in the season, the Wild controlled much of the action, especially in the first two periods, during Opening Night on Thursday. While the National Hockey League doesn’t keep puck possession stats, the eye test gave a distinct advantage to Minnesota. The club generated a 24-11 shot advantage through 40 minutes. And even with a shootout loss, there is plenty to be excited about for this club.

One of the players who will be depended on heavily this season will be Kyle Brodziak. Last year, the center was hampered by a case of pneumonia to start the season, losing weight and strength. Well, through preseason and the first game, all signs point that the 29-year-old is firing on all cylinders. Brodziak tallied the primary assist on the opening goal, was a plus-1, fired three shots on net, racked up three hits and led all Wild players in penalty kill time on ice (2:43) and won a whopping 78 percent of his faceoffs.

A player the Wild will likely rely on heavily in the future is defenseman Mathew Dumba.Dumba will make his National Hockey League debut tonight. The Wild selected the blueliner in the first round of the 2012 Draft. The youngster looked good in preseason and will be paired with veteran Keith Ballard. 

The Wild suffered a 3-2 shootout loss against the Los Angeles King on Thursday night. Matt Cooke scored his first goal with Minnesota as the puck caromed off his foot after Brodiak threw a shot towards the net. The Wild scored on the power play towards the end of the first, as Nino Niederreiter found Jonas Brodin with a perfect backhand saucer pass. Mikael Granlund assisted on both goals. The blueliner one-timed the puck past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Wild outshot the Kings, 29-18, but Quick stood on his head for the remainder of the game after allowing two first period goals. The Kings scored twice in the shootout, and Niklas Backstrom was handed the loss.

Anaheim’s last outing was a 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the now infamous Glass Game. Things got heated between Avs coach Patrick Roy, in his first game as the club’s bench boss, and Bruce Boudreau. After Ben Lovejoy threw a hit on first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, the coaches started bickering at each other. Roy tried to push the glass partition between the benches onto Boudreau. The League fined Roy $10,000 for the incident. After falling into a half-dozen hole, Jakob Silfverberg scored the Ducks lone goal with only 6.4 seconds left in the game.
Meet The Ducks If You're Going
The Teemu Selanne retirement tour has begun. He is the league's oldest active player. The Finnish Flash ranks 11th all-time in goals, 40th all-time in  assists, 15th all-time in scoring, third all-time power play goals and sixth all-time game winning goals. Selanne is the Ducks franchise leader in scoring (961), goals (448), assists (513), games (902), plus/minus (+111), PPG (112), PPP (402), GWG (74), shots (2,856) and overtime goals (6). If Mother Nature abides, the Wild will host a pregame party outside of Gate 5 at Xcel Energy Center from 4:30 - 6:30.

All fans in attendance Saturday will receive a blaze orange Wild baseball cap compliments of Gander Mountain, Remington and Pheasants Forever.

The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Granlund's two-assist game against the Kings was the first multi-point game of his career. The forward worked hard this offseason to get stronger and faster, and looks to have a breakout year.

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge presented by the Pioneer Press for a chance to win great prizes.
Game Notes | Transactions | Injury Report | Lighthouse | @mnwildLIVE | @mnwild
Yeo | Dumba | Brodziak | Ballard
Game Preview vs. ANA
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
The forward lines will stay the same as Thursday:

Parise – Koivu – Pominville
Heatley – Coyle – Niederreiter
Granlund – Brodziak – Cooke
Mitchell – Konopka – Fontaine

Dumba is the only change from last game:

Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Scandella
Ballard – Dumba

Backstrom is expected to get his second-straight start. He 8-7-0 with a 2.45 GAA, a .915 SV% and one shutout in 15 career starts against Anaheim.
View From The Press Box
I don't think we should just accept it either. Obviously we'll show it and talk about it, but it's up to us to make sure that we continue to get better.

- Yeo on youthful mistakes from the young players
The Wild will sit defensemen Clayton Stoner and Nate Prosser.

Mike Rupp is out with a lower-body injury.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Saku Koivu is the older brother of Wild captain Mikko Koivu. Minnesota has suffered three straight one-goal losses to Anaheim at Xcel Energy Center, after winning the previous five contests played in Saint Paul – outscoring the Ducks 19-9 in those games.
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild vs. Ducks will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.

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