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Preview: Wild at Oilers (preseason)

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Preview: Wild at Oilers (preseason)
Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers


Live in-game commentary will not be available during road preseason games. In-game commentary will debut on Friday night vs. Columbus.

You can listen to the game live here.



After three days of drills, scrimmaging and video meetings with new Head Coach Mike Yeo, the Minnesota Wild finally gets the chance to start facing some bad guys. The Wild will open the preseason schedule with a road show against the split-squad Edmonton Oilers.

Tonight's game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM, as well as online on Wild.com.

Tonight's Lineup

Yeo is required to bring along seven to eight of his "big guys" per NHL rules, but he's got a few more than that, including two of the top three lines: 

Guillaume Latendresse - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Darroll Powe - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Brett Bulmer - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer
Matt Kassian - David McIntyre - Jarod Palmer

Jordan Hendry - Tyler Cuma
Clayton Stoner - Jared Spurgeon
Justin Falk - Nate Prosser

Extras: Taylor Peters

Josh Harding will start in goal with Matt Hackett expected to see time as well.

What to watch for...

After an impressive showing in the weekend scrimmages, the Cullen line will have the chance to further gain some chemistry. But the storyline tonight will actually be among the Wild defensemen. Tryout defenseman Jordan Hendry has obviously impressed enough in a short time to earn an extensive look, and he'll get that tonight on the top defensive pairing with Tyler Cuma. The third pairing features Justin Falk and Nate Prosser, both of whom are battling to earn one of the final roster spots.

Tonight's Oilers Roster

There will be several Wild/Minnesota connections in the lineup tonight. Former Wild players Eric Belanger and Cam Barker will be out there, as will former Wild draft pick, Ryan Jones. Tyler Pitlick, who starred at Centennial High School and Minnesota State, Mankato will center the third line.

Taylor Hall - Eric Belanger - Ryan Jones
Magnus Paajarvi - Anton Lander - Linus Omark
Ben Eager - Tyler Pitlick - Ryan Keller
Ryan Martindale - Tanner House - Phillippe Cornet

Cam Barker - Tom Gilbert
Martin Marincin - Kirill Tulupov
David Musil - Taylor Fedun

Nikolai Khabibulin will get the start with Olivier Roy as the backup

Up Next

The Wild will return home tonight and then set it's lineup for another road contest in St. Louis on Thursday. That will start a stretch of three games in three days.
2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Sep 30 '11 EDM 4 at MIN 3 - SO
Sep 20 '11 MIN 4 at EDM 3
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Havlat78224062-105234
M. Koivu71174562+45073
A. Brunette82182846-71683
B. Burns80172946-109883
M. Cullen78122739-143452
P. Bouchard59122638-31402
K. Brodziak80162137-45621
A. Miettinen73161935-33884
C. Clutterbuck76191534-57943
J. Madden76121325-91014
M. Zidlicky4671724-63030
N. Schultz7431417-43800
C. Kobasew639716-61901
J. Spurgeon534812-1221
E. Nystrom824812-163010
B. Staubitz71459-517301
C. Stoner57279+59601
P. O'Sullivan31268-2400
G. Zanon82077-54800
G. Latendresse11336+2811
C. Barker52145-103401
J. Falk22033-4600
C. Wellman15112-1401
C. McMillan4112+1000
M. Scandella20022-9200
C. Gillies7101-2200
W. Peters11101-2400
D. Bagnall2000-2400
J. Ortmeyer4000-1200
R. Earl6000-3000
M. Noreau5000-1000
M. Kassian4000-11200
C. Almond8000+0200
N. Prosser2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
N. Backstrom5122-23-513215662.66.916
J. Theodore3215-11-3819632.71.916
A. Khudobin42-1-05861.59.942
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Eberle69182543-122245
T. Hall65222042-92784
S. Gagner68152742-173732
A. Hemsky47142842+31811
A. Cogliano82112435-126403
M. Paajarvi80151934-131630
S. Horcoff4791827-14651
L. Omark5152227-162610
R. Whitney3522527+133300
T. Gilbert7962026-143230
R. Jones8118725-53422
K. Foster7481422-124550
J. Vandermeer6221214-157400
T. Peckham7131013-519800
L. Reddox441910-82000
L. Smid7801010-108500
G. Brule41729-74111
J. Jacques51415-66300
T. Hartikainen12325-3410
C. Fraser67325-26000
R. O'Marra21145-21300
J. Petry35145-121000
T. Chorney12134-5411
Z. Stortini32044-27600
A. Giroux8112-2200
J. Strudwick43022-162300
C. VandeVelde12022-61200
S. MacIntyre34011-19300
R. Petiot2000+1200
A. Plante3000-21100
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
D. Dubnyk3512-13-89311032.71.916
N. Khabibulin4710-32-415313893.40.890
M. Gerber33-0-04951.30.958
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