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:
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
Scratched: Carlo Colaiacovo, Chris Porter
Injured: Jordan Leopold (ankle), Vladimir Sobotka (leg)
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
Scratched: Keith Ballard, Mike Rupp
Injured: Josh Harding (illness), Jason Zucker (leg), Niklas Backstrom (abdomen)