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At the Rink: Oilers at Wild

by Dan Myers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk said his sore knee is feeling better and he will get the start Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; SNOL, FS-N, FS-WI).

Dubnyk first complained of soreness Saturday after a 3-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks. He remained in that game and also played Sunday after backup Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals on 18 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Kuemper lasted 51 seconds into the second period before giving way to Dubnyk, who made 14 saves on 15 shots the rest of the way. But after a series of saves during the second period, Dubnyk struggled to get to his feet and was in obvious pain.

"Just some irritation and inflammation," Dubnyk said. "We checked it out after Saturday and structurally it was fine."

A day off Monday helped as Dubnyk stayed off the ice and got treatment. He woke up Tuesday and said the knee felt fine.

"It wasn't overly restrictive, but it was painful. But it's 95 percent better," Dubnyk said. "I was actually surprised [Monday] how much better it felt. It's essentially gone already."

Wild coach Mike Yeo said he's been told the issue with Dubnyk's knee is nothing to worry about and that Dubnyk can't hurt it any worse by playing on it. Minnesota signed Dubnyk to a six-year, $26 million contract during the summer and he is an important part of the Wild's potential success both this season and long term.

"No problems, I've been assured of that. There's no way we'd be putting him in the lineup if we had concerns this might set him back," Yeo said.

Edmonton is dealing with injury issues of its own. Defenseman Justin Schultz did not make the trip because of an undisclosed injury sustained on Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Oilers placed defenseman Griffin Reinhart on injured reserve Monday and recalled defenseman Darnell Nurse from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League.

Nurse will pair with Oscar Klefbom in his first NHL game since Oct. 15, 2014. For Nurse, selected by the Oilers with the seventh pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the game against the Wild will be his third in the League.

"We brought him here to play him," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "It's important that he's not here sitting and watching. He's here to play; where we go with it, I think he'll dictate that."

Cam Talbot will start in goal for the Oilers.

Here are the projected lineups:


Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Rob Klinkhammer

Benoit Pouliot - Connor McDavid - Nail Yakupov

Lauri Korpikoski - Anton Lander - Teddy Purcell

Anton Slepyshev - Mark Letestu - Iiro Pakarinen

Darnell Nurse - Oscar Klefbom

Andrej Sekera - Mark Fayne

Brandon Davidson - Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Andrew Ference, Luke Gazdic

Injured: Jordan Eberle (shoulder), Matt Hendricks (foot), Griffin Reinhart (undisclosed), Justin Schultz (undisclosed)


Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter

Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine

Chris Porter - Erik Haula - Ryan Carter

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba

Marco Scandella - Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom, Christian Folin

Injured: Tyler Graovac (groin)

Status report: Ference is a healthy scratch for the seventh time this season. He's played in 141 games over the last two seasons. … Folin and Prosser have rotated games over the last two weeks, although Yeo said Tuesday that Folin is dealing with lower-body tightness.

Who's hot: McDavid has a five-game point streak, with four goals and four assists during that span. … Dubnyk has stopped 56 of 59 shots over his last three appearances (.949 save percentage).

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