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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Colorado

Central Division rivals meet for the second time in as many days in exhibition action Sunday in Denver

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
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Who: Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling

ST. PAUL -- The Wild will embark on a rare preseason road trip beginning on Sunday when it heads to Denver for a rematch against the Colorado Avalanche.

Minnesota got goals from Matt Dumba, Jason Zucker, Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello in a 4-3 win over the Avs in St. Paul, with Zuccarello also assisting on two goals and Dumba assisting on one other.

The victory was the first of the exhibition season for the Wild.

Video: Foligno, Zuccarello postgame vs Avalanche

After the game, the Wild will head to Vail, Colorado, for a three-day, team-building trip in the mountains before going from there to Dallas for the final road preseason tilt on Thursday. 

Minnesota is expected to make additional roster moves over the next couple of days to get closer to its Opening Night roster. The team is expected to bring 27 players to Vail after the game, although coach Bruce Boudreau admitted defenseman Carson Soucy has put himself in a position to be a 28th with his strong performance in training camp thus far.

"We're taking him to Denver. The original plan wasn't," Boudreau said. "It's his game that is showing why he's going."

Colorado is expected to play a more veteran-laden roster than the one that came to St. Paul on Saturday. J.T. Compher, Andre Burakovsky and Valeri Nichushkin were among the guys expected to make Colorado's team that played on Saturday. 

Nathan MacKinnon should be in the lineup. Mikko Rantanen, a restricted free agent, remains unsigned and will not play.

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