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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Colorado

Wild travel to Denver for final road preseason test

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

Check back throughout the day as the Wild preps for tonight's preseason game in Denver.

Ahead of the Wild's preseason clash with the Avalanche at 8 p.m. tonight in Denver, a hodgepodge of players appeared on the Xcel Energy Center ice for morning skate. Some will be making the trip and some won't, but all participated in a short but intense practice.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau was vocal with his corrections, and assistant coach John Anderson spent a good chunk of time with the forwards while goaltending coach Bob Mason and assistant coach Scott Stevens ran through drills with defensemen and goalies.

Tweet from @mnwild: Morning skate for #mnwild before ������ to Denver.

With only two preseason contests left and the training camp roster trimmed to 35, chances for players to prove themselves are running out. Every practice counts, and as Boudreau said following today's skate, now is the time for younger guys to start distinguishing themselves.

"I told Brent [Flahr] today ... we're like, from Missouri. You know, 'Show Me,'" Boudreau said. "Just show me what you got. Put your best foot forward, and then we'll make decisions on it."

Coyle and Carter hurt, Gabriel and Schroeder in

Boudreau announced after practice that Ryan Carter and Charlie Coyle, initially listed on tonight's roster, are injured and won't play tonight.

"The injuries aren't serious; they're just little bumps," Boudreau said. "But it wasn't something we really wanted to take a chance with."

With those two out, Kurtis Gabriel, who was assigned to Iowa yesterday, and Jordan Schroeder, placed on waivers and reclaimed, will crack the lineup.

"[It's] just another opportunity to show what I can do," Gabriel said. "Obviously, sometimes, you start a little slower and stuff, so maybe I can get it going tonight."

Video: Kurtis Gabriel - Training Camp Day 12

The matchup

Tonight's game is Minnesota's second preseason faceoff against Colorado; it lost the first by a 4-1 margin. It's also only the second time the two division rivals have faced each other in the preseason in the Wild's 16-year history. The last time the Wild visited the Pepsi Center in Denver, it left with a 4-0 victory. Overall, Minnesota earned a 4-0-1 record against the Avalanche last year.

Thus far, Minnesota is an even .500 in the preseason, beating Buffalo at Pegula Ice Arena on Sept. 26 and Carolina at home on Oct. 2.

Tweet from @mnwild: Tonight's projected lineups for #mnwild vs. #avs in Denver. #MINvsCOL

You can listen to the game on KFAN 100.3 via iHeartRadio. Read more in our preview story here.

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