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Stalock to start for Minnesota with Dubnyk out; Forsberg could miss fourth straight for Nashville

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

WILD (3-6-0) at PREDATORS (5-3-1)

8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Minnesota Wild look for their third straight win following a 1-6-0 start to the season when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Goalie Alex Stalock will start; No. 1 goalie Devan Dubnyk will not play because of an upper-body injury sustained at 1:59 of the second period of a 3-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Stalock finished the game and made 16 saves for the combined shutout.

Dubnyk could play against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Forward Jordan Greenway will not face the Predators because of an illness.

Nashville, 4-2-1 in its past seven games, could be without forward Filip Forsberg, who may miss his fourth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury.

 

Players to watch

Wild forward Eric Staal has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games.

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has nine assists in a five-game point streak, with multiple points in four of them.

 

They said it

"It's a better feeling than losing. The last three games, I thought we've played pretty good. And we've just got to keep building on that and make it three in a row here. That'd be nice." -- Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin

"Obviously we didn't get much time together during [training] camp but I've thought over the course of these last nine games, coming into 10, we've been pretty solid. We've been making plays, and I've been trying my best. Obviously he's such a great skater, so give him the puck at the right times to help him get up the ice. So far it's been pretty seamless." -- Nashville defenseman Dante Fabbro on being paired with Mattias Ekholm

 

Wild projected lineup

Mats Zuccarello -- Eric Staal -- Luke Kunin

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Jason Zucker

Marcus Foligno -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Donato -- Gabriel Dumont -- Gerald Mayhew

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Alex Stalock

Kaapo Kahkonen

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Joel Eriksson Ek (lower body), Kevin Fiala (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core), Devan Dubnyk (upper body), Jordan Greenway (upper body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Mikael Granlund -- Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin

Injured: Filip Forsberg (lower body)

 

Status report

Rask participated in the morning skate and could play. … Eriksson Ek could play Saturday, Boudreau said. … Kahkonen was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. … Forsberg did not participate in the morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Koivu has 44 points (nine goals, 35 assists) in 49 games against the Predators. … Josi has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. … Turris has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.

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