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Minnesota hoping to build on first win of season; Toronto starting back to back

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

WILD (1-4-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (3-2-1)

7 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV


The Game

The Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs each will look to win their second game in a row when they play at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

The Wild defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Monday for their first win of the season. Goalie Devan Dubnyk, who is 0-4-0 with a 4.56 goals-against average and .862 save percentage, will start after Alex Stalock made 26 saves against the Senators.

The Maple Leafs, who are playing the first of back-to-back games, ended a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) with a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Mike Babcock will coach his 1,285th NHL game, tying Darryl Sutter for 13th on the NHL all-time list.


Players to watch

Wild defenseman Brad Hunt has four points (two goals, two assists) in five games and leads Minnesota in scoring.

Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev had a goal and an assist against the Red Wings and has five points (two goals, three assists) in his first six NHL games.


They said it

"I don't want to put anybody down but we're not going to score five goals every night so we have to hold teams to one or two. And if you do that you usually have success." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"I'm sure they'll be hungry. It will be a good test for us. They've got some veteran guys and it's always a tough challenge going up against them because they play a steady game and wait on you to make mistakes and get you to fall into their trap." -- Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews


Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Jason Zucker

Gerald Mayhew -- Eric Staal -- Ryan Hartman

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Jordan Greenway

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Kevin Fiala, Nick Seeler

Injured: Mats Zuccarello (undisclosed), Greg Pateryn (core)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Kasperi Kapanen -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Trevor Moore

Dmytro Timashov -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Nic Petan, Jason Spezza, Kevin Gravel

Injured: Zach Hyman (ACL), Travis Dermott (shoulder)


Status report

Each team held an optional morning skate. … Fiala, who has one assist in five games, will be scratched. … Gravel was recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Monday but will be scratched. Marincin will play after being a healthy scratch the past three games. … Andersen will start for the sixth time in seven games.


Stat pack

Rask has two points (one goal, one assist) in his first two games this season, including the game-winning goal against the Senators. … A Wild win would give Boudreau 542 victories, tying him with Billy Reay for 23rd on the all-time NHL list. … Nylander's five-game point streak (two goals, three assists) ended against the Red Wings.

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