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  • Gamethread: Wild vs. Canucks (7:00 p.m.)


    The Minnesota Wild are not only playing a game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, but we have a cool debut coming in the form of defenseman Jacob Middleton.

    Not only will Middleton play tonight but he’s going to be next to captain Jared Spurgeon at even strength, which is a mighty big compliment for the 26-year-old blueliner. And it has been repeated ad nauseam at this point, but it is interesting that he has played so much of his time in the NHL next to Erik Karlsson or Brent Burns; so there appears to be a natural fit next to Spurgeon.

    Projected lineup:

    Kirill Kaprizov—Ryan Hartman—Mats Zuccarello
    Kevin Fiala—Frederick Gaudreau—Matt Boldy
    Jordan Greenway—Joel Eriksson Ek—Marcus Foligno
    Brandon Duhaime—Tyson Jost—Nicolas Deslauriers

    Jonas Brodin—Matt Dumba
    Jacob Middleton—Jared Spurgeon
    Jon Merrill—Alex Goligoski

    Cam Talbot will be starting in between the pipes tonight, and we will have to wait until Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets for Marc-André Fleury’s Minnesota debut because the new netminder went back home to Chicago to pack earlier.

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