Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-4 overtime loss against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday afternoon:
1. It's safe to say the Wild's injured players (from last year) are ready to go.
Both Matt Dumba and Mikko Koivu sustained season-ending injuries that cost them multiple months. They spent the entire summer rehabbing those ailments. Both returned at the beginning of training camp and, as it appears, both are ready for the regular season to begin.
Koivu scored his first goal of the exhibition season on Sunday, deflecting a Louie Belpedio point shot past Connor Hellebuyck.
Video: WPG@MIN: Koivu tallies with quick redirection
Early in the second, Dumba got into the action, firing a point shot past Hellebuyck for his second goal of the preseason.
Both players will be critical cogs for Minnesota during the regular season, so the fact both will go into it with some confidence is a boost for the Wild.
Video: WPG@MIN: Dumba wires in wrister through traffic
2. Kevin Fiala also got into the scoring.
Playing in his second preseason contest, Fiala tallied his first goal, chipping away at a rebound of his own shot near the left post, briefly tying the game at 3-3 late in the second period.
Fiala had a disappointing season last year, both in Nashville and Minnesota, but a year ago at this time, he was coming off a 23-goal, 48-point campaign in 80 games as a 21-year-old. Some were expecting 25-30 goals last year. It didn't come to fruition, but could it in 2019-20? Fiala has come into camp in the best shape of his life.
Video: WPG@MIN: Fiala cleans up down low to tie the game
3. Now they count.
After a six-game preseason that saw the Wild finish 2-1-3, the games from here on out will matter in the standings.
The Wild starts the regular season with three-straight road games inside the Central Division beginning on Thursday in Nashville against the Predators. A date in Denver with the Colorado Avalanche follows before a few days off and a game in Winnipeg against the Jets on Oct. 10.
Minnesota won't play at Xcel Energy Center again until Oct. 12, when it faces the Pittsburgh Penguins.