|Jim Nill was named the club's new general manager in April and started making moves immediately. He hired longtime Sabres head coach, Lindy Ruff, to be the team’s bench boss.
Nill traded for veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar and re-signed him immediately. The GM then made a big trade for Seguin and Rich Peverley from the Boston Bruins.
|All fans in attendance will receive a Wild poster presented by Star Tribune.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Jonas Brodin has recorded a point in three of the four games this season, leading Wild defensemen and tying for the team lead with three points (2-1=3). He’s tied for the NHL lead in shooting percentage (50.0%), scoring two goals on four shots to match his goal total in 45 games last season.
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|The lines will remain the same as Thursday:
The D-pairings will also remain the same:
Josh Harding will get the start for the second-straight game. The netminder is 2-1-0 with a 2.70 GAA, a .905 SV% and one shutout in five appearances (three starts).
Our centermen, there's no question. They're digging in. They're bearing down. It's something we pride ourselves in, our centermen pride themselves in. And like I've said we've talked about these little things, the details, and it's obviously a big advantage if you can start with the puck.
- Yeo on the Wild's ability to win faceoffs
|Marco Scandella and Nate Prosser will be out of the lineup tonight on the blue line.
Charlie Coyle is on Injured Reserve with a knee sprain and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Niklas Backstrom skated today but is still considered day-to-day with a knee strain. Mike Rupp is still out with a lower-body injury and also skated today.
|Defenseman Alex Goligoski (Grand Rapids) is a Minnesota native and played at the University of Minnesota.||Minnesota set a franchise record by winning 45-of-61 faceoffs Thursday (73.8%). Kyle Brodziak and Zenon Konopka each won 11-of-14 faceoffs (78.6%), while Mikko Koivu won 14-of-19 (73.7%). Entering play Friday, Minnesota leads the NHL in faceoff win percentage (60.6%).|
|Wild vs. Stars 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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