The Minnesota Wild will play its seventh game in 10 nights when the Edmonton Oilers visit Xcel Energy Center for the final preseason game of 2011. The in-game auditions for the Wild's bubble players like Brett Bulmer, Justin Falk and newly-acquired Nick Johnson end tonight.
The same can be said for those assured of roster spots, but are still adjusting to the new strategy implemented by Head Coach Mike Yeo. Following tonight, the Wild will have a day off, spend two days bonding in Duluth, and then return home to prepare for the October 8 home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Tonight's game will be video streamed live on Wild.com, and can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM, as well as online on Wild.com.
Nick Johnson rode in a car from Pittsburgh to Columbus and played approximately two hours after his arrival. He'll make his Xcel Energy Center debut tonight, but more importantly, he's got one more game to get noticed and earn a full-time roster spot.
Tonight's Oilers Roster
The Oilers play tomorrow in Vancouver, so it appears we won't get to see the likes of Taylor Hall, or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Wild will embark on a little getaway to Duluth beginning Sunday for some team bonding and practices at the brand new AMSOIL Arena. Tomorrow begins a stretch of seven off days before the home opener on October 8.