WILD (0-1-0) at AVALANCHE (1-0-0)
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The Minnesota Wild will have a new first line when they visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday.
Ryan Donato will replace Zach Parise at left wing with center Eric Staal and right wing Mats Zuccarello, and Parise will move to Donato's spot on the third line with center Luke Kunin and right wing Jordan Greenway. The Parise-Staal-Zuccarello line had no points and was a combined minus-9 in the Wild's 5-2 season-opening loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
Avalanche forward Matt Calvert will play in his 500th NHL game. He set an NHL career high with 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 82 games last season, his first with Colorado.
Players to watch
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk is expected to start; it would be his 300th game with Minnesota, the second most in its history, behind Niklas Backstrom (409).
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon needs two assists to tie Matt Duchene (250) for 10th place in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history. MacKinnon has 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 26 games against the Wild.
They said it
"I could have had line combinations where it was more drastic, but then you have to pull back the reins and say, 'It was Game 1.' Let's not go into a full-fledged panic here." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau
"It's pretty special. If you had told me 12 years ago that I'd have 500 NHL games, I'm not sure I would have believed you. I'm just going to go out there and enjoy it. You take care of your body and work hard and try and play as long as you can." -- Avalanche forward Matt Calvert
Wild projected lineup
Ryan Donato -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello
Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala
Zach Parise -- Luke Kunin -- Jordan Greenway
Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba
Jonas Brodin -- Jared Spurgeon
Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt
Scratched: Victor Rask, Nick Seeler
Injured: Greg Pateryn (bilateral core)
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen
Tyson Jost -- Nazem Kadri - Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto -- J.T. Compher - Andre Burakovsky
Matt Calvert -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Valeri Nichushkin
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Nikita Zadorov -- Cale Makar
Ryan Graves -- Conor Timmins
Scratched: Mark Barberio, Vladislav Kamenev, Colin Wilson
Injured: Ian Cole (hip surgery)
Soucy will make his season debut, replacing Seeler on the Wild's third defense pair. … Donskoi will change places with Burakovsky, moving to the second line with Jost and Kadri. Burakovsky will skate with Nieto and Compher.
Parise has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 36 games against Colorado. … Kadri needs four assists for 200 in his NHL career.