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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Winnipeg

Wild concludes preseason schedule Sunday in St. Paul

by Tyler Savitsky /
The essentials

Who: Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild

Puck drop: 1:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling

ST. PAUL -- The Wild closes out its exhibition schedule on Sunday afternoon when it hosts the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center.

This will be the final tuneup before the team heads to Nashville for its season opener against the Predators on Thursday.

The Wild reduced its training camp roster to 26 players prior to Friday's practice, edging closer to the the 23-man Opening Night roster. There are still eight defensemen on the team and the battle between Louie Belpedio and Carson Soucy for the potential last spot is something to watch for on Sunday.

"We'll dress probably 17 of the guys that'll start the season," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said on Saturday.

Included in those 17 will be Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal. The two veterans have played twice in five preseason games.

Luke Kunin will play center for the second time this preseason, a change the team made after moving Ryan Donato back out to the wing.

The Wild are 2-1-2 in the preseason and are coming off a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Jordan Greenway and Jason Zucker both found the back of the net and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves.

Greenway and Joel Eriksson Ek found success with Marcus Foligno as their linemate against Dallas and that is a combination we should see again against Winnipeg.

Video: Boudreau, Belpedio preview preseason finale

The Jets are 2-3-1 in the preseason, most recently coming off a 5-3 loss at home against Edmonton on Thursday.

Patrik Laine just signed a two-year contract with the Jets on Friday, but will not play against Minnesota. The Jets will have many of its other top forwards in the lineup, including Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. 

Sunday afternoon is U.S. Bank Kids Day at Xcel Energy Center. Before the game, kids will have various opportunities to experience free, kid-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists and crazy hair stylists.

Kids can also receive an autograph from a Wild player to be announced from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Kids will also take center stage in each of the regular Wild in-game elements including making the "Let's Play Hockey!" call, riding on the Zambonis during intermission and more.

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