It is the first day of the Minnesota Wild season. A season that should be full of young players making their cases to stay in the NHL, Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy excelling even more, and older players trying to keep the status quo. It will no doubt be an interesting 82 games, no matter what happens.
First of all, it's hosting last year's Stanley Cup finalists, the Florida Panthers. Along with their stars of Matt Tkachuk and Alex Barkov, they are getting some massive help from young talent like Anton Lundell and newcomer Mackie Samoskevich.
Both teams are dealing with injuries to significant players. Jared Spurgeon is notably out of the Wild lineup for a couple weeks, testing the Wild's blue line. For Florida, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Bennett, and last year's breakout star Brandon Montour, are all out to start the season.
Drop the puck already!
When: 7:00 p.m. CT
Where: Xcel Energy Center
TV: Bally Sports North
Radio: KFAN 100.3
Projected Wild lineup
Kirill Kaprizov -- Ryan Hartman -- Mats Zuccarello
Marcus Johansson -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Matt Boldy
Marcus Foligno -- Marco Rossi -- Frederick Gaudreau
Patrick Maroon -- Connor Dewar -- Brandon Duhaime
Jonas Brodin -- Brock Faber
Jacob Middleton -- Alex Goligoski
Jon Merrill -- Calen Addison
Projected Panthers lineup
Carter Verhaeghe -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evan Rodrigues
Nick Cousins -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Matthew Tkachuk
Mackie Samoskevich -- Anton Lundell -- Sam Reinhart
Ryan Lomberg -- Kevin Stenlund -- Steven Lorentz
Gustav Forsling -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Niko Mikkola -- Dmitry Kulikov
Josh Mahura -- Uvis Balinskis
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