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Anaheim seeks first win in three games; Menell to make NHL debut for Minnesota

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (12-14-4) at WILD (14-12-4)



The Game

Brennan Menell will make his NHL debut for the Minnesota Wild when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old defenseman from Woodbury, Minnesota, was called up from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday after defenseman Jared Spurgeon was injured.

The Wild are 5-1-0 in their past six games and 8-1-3 in their past 12. They had an 11-game point streak stopped Saturday with a 6-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Anaheim has lost two straight and is 3-8-4 in its past 15 games.

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen will start for Minnesota.

John Gibson starts for the Ducks.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games.

Wild forward Jason Zucker has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games.


They said it

"It certainly looks like [the Wild] got their act together. They've played much better over the last stretch. And when teams get that feel-good feeling going, that's a real intangible, a good one to have on your team. ... These teams that have gone from one extreme to another are very dangerous." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

"[The Ducks are] big, they're strong and they've got great goaltending. I think John Gibson, who I think is playing tonight, has been almost unscoreable - - is that a word? - - against in this building. So, I mean, he obviously likes to play here. That and every time I've watched this team, when they lose, they come out harder the next night … they're going to want to come out here and get back on track." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau


Ducks projected lineup

Devin Shore -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Rickard Rakell -- Sam Steel -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Comtois -- Adam Henrique -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Josh Mahura -- Hampus Lindholm

Michael Del Zotto -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Brendan Guhle

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body), Nick Ritchie (knee)


Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Ryan Donato -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Marcus Foligno -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Jonas Brodin

Brennan Menell -- Brad Hunt

Kaapo Kahkonen

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Nick Seeler, Devan Dubnyk

Injured: Jared Spurgeon (upper body), Mikko Koivu (lower body), Greg Pateryn (lower body)


Status report

Anaheim held an optional morning skate. …. The Wild reassigned forward Nico Sturm to Iowa on Monday. … Dubnyk will be away from the team with family issues Tuesday and Wednesday and is expected to rejoin the team Thursday. His playing status remains unknown.


Stat pack

Anaheim is 0-3-2 in its past five road games. … Zuccarello has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game goal streak. … Brodin has six assists in his past five games. 

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