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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Winnipeg

Wild opens 2017-18 preseason schedule Monday with date against division rival

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets

Puck drop: 7:10 p.m. CT

Watch: NHL Network (joined in progress after NYI-NYR game); replayed on NHLN at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio Network

Follow: @mnwild; Game Center


At the rink

It's just preseason game No. 1 for the Wild, but it also marks the first time newcomers like forwards Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis will put their new sweaters on in a game-type situation.

For both players, acquired in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres in late June, the excitement of getting acclimated to a new team with new teammates in a new place is starting to taper down. Now, they're anxious to get in the lineup and get back to work.

"It's exciting," Ennis said. "It's been a long summer. I'm ready to go and it should be fun."

The test Minnesota will face on Monday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg is a stiff one. The Jets are expected to dress a lineup that looks very similar to the one that will be present when Winnipeg opens the regular season two weeks from Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

The Wild will have a few regulars sprinkled in, Ennis and Foligno among them, but will also have several players expected to start the season in Iowa in its lineup.

And while coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects to win every time his team laces up the skates against an opponent, there are things he's looking for beyond just the final result.

"We're looking for, I think, individuals to stand out," Boudreau said. "Guys will show their character and their heart and that's what you're looking for. Obviously, you want to win ... but you want to play the right way. If we play the right way, then I'll be happy."

The game also offers Foligno a chance to jump right into the type of game he wants to play. One of the most physical teams on the Wild's schedule every season, Foligno knows the challenge that lies ahead on Monday, even if it's just a preseason contest.

"Especially in their own arena, they feed off the energy of their fans," Foligno said. "It's gonna be fun tonight. You gotta show up and bring your game. Physical play is definitely going to be involved tonight."

Here are the projected lineups:

WILD

Marcus Foligno - Charlie Coyle - Tyler Ennis

Daniel Winnik - Luke Kunin - Chris Stewart

Ryan Malone - Cal O'Reilly - Landon Ferraro

Kyle Rau - Justin Kloos - Zack Mitchell

Mike Reilly - Kyle Quincey

Gustav Olofsson - Alex Grant

Carson Soucy - Ryan Murphy

Niklas Svedberg

Steve Michalek

JETS

Patrik Laine - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Bryan Little - Nikolaj Ehlers

Kyle Connor - Adam Lowry - Joel Armia

Brendan Lemieux - Michael Sgarbossa - Marko Dano

Logan Stanley - Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom - Tucker Poolman

Ben Chiarot - Nelson Nogier

Connor Hellebuyck

Eric Comrie


The opponent

Monday's game marks the preseason opener for both the Wild and Jets. Winnipeg finished the 2016-17 season with a 40-35-7 record, good enough for 87 points and sixth place in the seven-team Central Division. The Jets had a quiet offseason, signing goaltender Steve Mason and defenseman Cameron Schilling on July 1 before adding Blaine native Matt Hendricks on Aug. 26. Winnipeg's home arena, formally known as MTS Centre, underwent a name change and became Bell MTS Place on May 30.


Know your neighbor

Minnesota has a 54-39-10 record all time in preseason games, including a 7-2-0 mark against Winnipeg. The Wild and Jets will play the second game of a preseason home-and-home set in St. Paul on Thursday.
 

Wild roster

Here's who the Wild will dress for Monday night's game (subject to change):

31 Steve Michalek G
35 Niklas Svedberg G
3 Charlie Coyle C
4 Mike Reilly D
6 Ryan Murphy D
10 Chris Stewart RW
17 Marcus Foligno LW
18 Cal O'Reilly C
19 Luke Kunin C
21 Ryan Malone LW
23 Gustav Olofsson D
26 Daniel Winnik LW
27 Kyle Quincey D
28 Alex Grant D
37 Kyle Rau LW
41 Landon Ferraro RW
48 Sam Anas RW
59 Zack Mitchell RW
60 Carson Soucy D
61 Brennan Menell D
63 Tyler Ennis RW
82 Justin Kloos C

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