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Kahkonen to make NHL debut for Minnesota; New Jersey seeks consecutive wins

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WILD (9-11-4) at DEVILS (8-10-4)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Kaapo Kahkonen will make his NHL debut when the Minnesota Wild play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old goalie was recalled on an emergency basis from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Nov. 20 after Devan Dubnyk returned home for personal reasons.

Minnesota is 3-0-3 in its past six games following a 3-2 overtime loss at the New York Rangers on Monday.

Louis Domingue will make his second straight start for the Devils after making 19 saves in a 5-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Domingue last started consecutive games with the Tampa Bay Lightning when he won three straight starts (Dec. 6-10, 2018).

 

Players to watch

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

Devils left wing Taylor Hall has a two-game goal streak and five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games.

 

They said it

"We just don't close (games). You can't put that on any individual guy, but internally we've got to figure something out to make sure we play a full entire game because we play great up until the very end and give away games." -- Wild forward Ryan Donato

"The Wild are good on the forecheck and have big, strong, heavy players. It's tough to get into the scoring areas against their team the way they defend so we'll have to try and use our speed and make sure we're trying to get more on the attack." -- Devils coach John Hynes

 

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Kaapo Kahkonen

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Devan Dubnyk, Nick Seeler

Injured: Marcus Foligno (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core muscle)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Boqvist -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Brett Seney -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- P.K. Subban

Matt Tennyson -- Sami Vatanen

Louis Domingue

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Jesper Bratt, Pavel Zacha, Mirco Mueller

Injured: Connor Carrick (finger), Kevin Rooney (upper body)

 

Status report

The Wild did not hold a morning skate. ... Dubnyk will miss his fifth consecutive game.

 

Stat pack

Koivu needs one point to reach 700 in the NHL. ... Suter has five assists in his past four games. ... New Jersey is 4-3-0 in its past seven games. ... Coleman has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games.

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