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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Toronto

Coming off first win, Wild face high-powered Toronto offense

by Tyler Savitsky /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (1-4-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-2-1)

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild will look to continue to build off of Monday's 2-0 win over Ottawa, the team's first win of the season, when it faces the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second game of its three-game Canadian road trip.

"I think those are the types of game we are going to have to win," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "6-5 is probably not in our repertoire. But 2-1, 3-1, if we can do that a lot then you'll be a successful team."

Boudreau shuffled his defensive pairings in Ottawa, playing Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon together, followed by Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba, with the third duo consisting of Carson Soucy and Brad Hunt. The new pairings seemed to work as the Wild recorded its first shutout of the season, after allowing 21 goals in its first four games. It will have quite the test on Tuesday, as the Maple Leafs have one of the most consistent teams finishing near the net.

The Maple Leafs are averaging four goals per game and have scored at least two goals in all six of their games this season.

Auston Matthews leads the way with six goals for Toronto, while Mitch Marner has contributed two goals and four assists. William Nylander has recorded points in five of six games.

The Maple Leafs suffered three consecutive losses before rebounding with a 5-2 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen has started five games so far, with a 3-2-0 record, and has given up 3.38 goals per game with a .886 save percentage.

Tuesday will continue a similar trend both teams have had early on this season. The Wild will be on the road for the fifth time in six games, while this will be the fifth game Toronto is on its home ice.

Mats Zuccarello will not join the team in Toronto after missing the Ottawa game with a lower-body injury.

"There's talk of him joining the team," Boudreau said. "If it would be, it would be in Montreal [on Thursday]."

With no Zuccarello again, it is possible that recent call-up Gerald Mayhew makes his NHL debut after being a healthy scratch on Monday.


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