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The Minnesota Wild looks to extract a little revenge tonight as the club travels to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets, who handed the Wild its only loss of the preseason thus far. The Wild was disjointed in its first game of the preseason, a 3-1 loss to the Jackets on Sept. 17, but is working towards regular season form while still evaluating several young players.
On Saturday, the Wild took a 4-3 shootout victory against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center. Carson McMillan and Charlie Coyle scored in the first period to give the Wild a two-goal lead, but the Jets responded with three second-period goals. Ryan Suter scored in the third period to force overtime. Jason Pominville scored the lone goal in the third round of the shootout, while Niklas Backstrom denied all three Jets shooters to secure the win.
The Wild is sending a young lineup to Columbus. Here are the players going on the trip and we should know the lineup after Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo’s media availability.
What to Watch
There are a few players primed to make their Wild debut tonight. As we get closer to the start of the regular season, the battle for roster spots continues to intensify as players try to prove their worth.
Tonight’s Blue Jackets Roster
Jack Skille - Ryan Craig - Blake Comeau
Marian Gaborik - Brandon Dubinsky - Derek Mackenzie
Cam Atkinson - Cody Bass - Boone Jenner
Michael Chaput - Artem Anisimov - Nick Foligno
Jack Johnson - Tim Erixon
James Wisniewski - Ryan Murray
Dalton Prout - Fedor Tyutin
The Wild is back at Xcel Energy Center to face new Central Division rival, the St. Louis Blues.