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The Minnesota Wild closes out its preseason schedule tonight on the road in St. Louis, closing out a home-and-home series against the Blues. The Wild topped St. Louis, 3-1, at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.
You might’ve noticed the Red Baron Pizza logo in today’s preview photo. Well, Wild.com and @mnwild are teaming up with Red Baron for all Minnesota road games this season to give fans a chance to interact socially when the team is out of the State of Hockey. Keep an eye out for #RedBaronRoadie and Wild.com for information on how to win great prizes including team autographed items.
UPDATED: The Wild has recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and released David Steckel from his professional try out.
The Wild will take one final look at a few young players in preseason action, while giving the top line additional reps. Josh Harding will get the start in net:
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville
Dany Heatley - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine
Torrey Mitchell - Kyle Brodziak - Matt Cooke
Nino Niederreiter - Mikael Granlund - Jason Zucker
Extra Forward: Zenon Konopka
Jonas Brodin - Nate Prosser
Jared Spurgeon - Marco Scandella
Mathew Dumba - Clayton Stoner
What to Watch
Much has been made about the evalution of the Wild’s young players at camp and making enough of an impression this preseason to make the club’s Opening Night roster as Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 3. Well, tonight is the final game where the young guys get to show their stuff. Mikael Granlund is expect to play tonight after suffering an upper-body tweak in Winnipeg and is in contention for a regular spot in the lineup.
Tonight’s Blues Roster
St. Louis is yet to release its lineup, but will sit three forwards and two defensemen:
The Wild travels to Duluth on Sunday for some team bonding and return to the Twin Cities to open the 2013-14 season on Oct. 3 against the aforementioned Kings.