This game will be notable for a couple reasons. First, it is the first game with a brand-new Minnesota Wild lineup that features some top-end talent getting more of an opportunity and some breaking-up of long-standing forward lines. Second, it is just the second time this season that the Wild will be facing a “bad” team, and the other time (against the Vancouver Canucks) they were able to get their only win of the season.
Wild at Canadiens
When: 6:00 p.m. CT
Where: Bell Centre
TV: BSN, BSWI, TSN2, RDS
Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM
Maybe it’s just hard to start your season against a bunch of teams that should be in the playoffs, but the Wild deserve to beat up on someone and maybe it’s the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
Projected Wild lineup:
Kirill Kaprizov — Frederick Gaudreau — Mats Zuccarello
Marcus Foligno — Marco Rossi — Matt Boldy
Brandon Duhaime — Joel Eriksson Ek — Ryan Hartman
Tyson Jost — Sam Steel — Connor Dewar/Mason Shaw
Jake Middleton — Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin — Calen Addison
Jon Merrill — Matt Dumba
Marc Andre Fleury will be in net.
Projected Canadiens lineup:
Cole Caufield — Nick Suzuki — Sean Monahan
Evgenii Dadonov — Christian Dvorak — Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin — Kirby Dach — Josh Anderson
Rem Pitlick — Jake Evans — Mike Hoffman/Michael Pezzetta
Kaiden Guhle — David Savard
Johnathan Kovecevic — Jordan Harris
Arber Xhekaj — Chris Wideman
Jake Allen will be in between the pipes for the home team.
Hangout, crack a cold gold, kick your feet up, and hopefully enjoy some Wild Hockey that we’re used to. Will this be the game that finally sets Minnesota on its right track? Maybe, maybe not. But feel free to join us in the comments down below as the action is going on. We would love to hear from you and everything you have to say.