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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Dallas

Wild opens exhibition schedule Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
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Who: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling

ST. PAUL -- The Wild opens its exhibition schedule on Tuesday night when it hosts the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center.

The contest will be fans' first chance to see newcomers Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman in a Wild sweater as both players are expected to suit up.

Minnesota will dress 16 players with NHL experience, including most of its expected top two lines to open the season. Eric Staal will center Jason Zucker and Drew Stafford (serving as a place holder for Kevin Fiala) and Ryan Donato centering Zuccarello and Zach Parise. 

Video: Wild pregame vs Stars

Other forwards with NHL experience expected to play include Marcus Foligno, Gabriel Dumont, Hartman and Luke Johnson.

Minnesota will also have Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin, Jared Spurgeon and Brad Hunt among its defensive core. Goaltender Alex Stalock will draw the start. 

The Stars lost 2-0 against the St. Louis Blues in their preseason opener on Monday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas. 

Defenseman Miro Heiskanen will highlight the group of players the Stars are expected to bring north. Up front, Dallas will also bring Blaine native and former University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Riley Tufte. 

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Colton Point and Landon Bow are the two goaltenders the Stars will play. 

Tuesday night is Disabled Hockey Night at Xcel Energy Center. Disabled hockey players will scrimmage during the first intermission while sled hockey will take center stage during the second intermission.

Video: Wild Vision: Sept. 17 vs Dallas

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