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Bryzgalov expected to make Wild debut

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:55 PM

By Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Bryzgalov expected to make Wild debut

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to debut with his new team Sunday against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center.

Bryzgalov, acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, was 5-8-5 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 20 appearances with the Oilers this season. The Wild, playing the second-half of back-to-back games, lost 4-3 to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper made his 16th consecutive start in goal and the Wild will play 19 games in 36 days to finish the season.

The Blues also played Saturday, winning 2-1 at the Colorado Avalanche. Brian Elliott will start in goal in place of Ryan Miller, who has won four straight starts since the Blues traded two players and two draft picks to the Buffalo Sabres for him and forward Steve Ott on Feb. 28.

Here are the projected lineups for the Blues and Wild:

BLUES

Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Tarasenko

Brenden Morrow - Derek Roy - Steve Ott

Magnus Paajarvi - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Ian Cole - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Carlo Colaiacovo, Chris Porter

Injured: Jordan Leopold (ankle), Vladimir Sobotka (leg)

WILD

Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Matt Moulson - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle

Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Nino Niederreiter

Dany Heatley - Erik Haula - Cody McCormick

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Marco Scandella

Clayton Stoner - Nate Prosser

Ilya Bryzgalov

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Keith Ballard, Mike Rupp

Injured: Josh Harding (illness), Jason Zucker (leg), Niklas Backstrom (abdomen)

Quote of the Day

[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday