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


    The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings are clashing tonight in St. Paul and while it is Kevin Fiala’s first trip back to the team where he fully blossomed into the top-tier winger he is currently, it means a little more for the Wild. It is a chance to earn the first win of the season after losing their season opener.

    Projected Wild lineup

    Kirill Kaprizov — Ryan Hartman — Mats Zuccarello
    Tyson Jost — Joel Eriksson Ek — Marcus Foligno
    Matt Boldy — Sam Steel — Frederick Gaudreau
    Connor Dewar — Marco Rossi — Brandon Duhaime

    Jake Middleton — Jared Spurgeon
    Jonas Brodin — Matt Dumba
    Alex Goligoski — Calen Addison

    Marc-Andre Fleury has earned another start, and will hopefully earn redemption as well.

    The one change tonight is Middleton reunited with Spurgeon on the top pairing and after a so-so season debut, Goligoski is down to the bottom with Addison — not like that’s a punishment or anything, head coach Dean Evason might just like that a little bit more.

    Projected Kings lineup

    Kevin Fiala — Anze Kopitar — Adrian Kempe
    Trevor Moore — Philip Danault — Carl Grundstrom
    Alex Iafallo — Quinton Byfield — Gabriel Vilardi
    Brendan Lemieux — Blake Lizotte — Arthur Kaliyev

    Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty
    Sean Walker — Matt Roy
    Alexander Edler — Brandt Clarke

    Cal Petersen is most likely going to be in between the pipes tonight.

    Ah, Fiala will be on the top line with the very good Kopitar and the blossoming Kempe. After that, it’s a smattering of offensive ability but largely commitment to grinding away with a high speed down on the forecheck. On the blue line led by Doughty, it is youth and Alex Edler as well. Brandt Clarke plays in his second NHL game, so watch out for him, I guess.

    It should be a hell of a game (like his matchup always is) no matter what. Join us in the comments down below!

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