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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Detroit

Vanek, Torchetti return to St. Paul as Wild hosts Red Wings on Sunday

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

Who: Detroit Red Wings (22-23-10, 54 points, eighth place, Atlantic Division) at Minnesota Wild (36-12-6, 78 points, first place, Central Division)

Puck drop: 2:20 p.m. CT

Watch: NBC; NBC Sports live streamWild Watch Bar locationsNHL.TV

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


At the rink

Because of the early puck drop, the Minnesota Wild will not skate at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday morning.

Here are the projected lineups:

WILD

Nino Niederreiter - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle

Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Jason Zucker

Zach Parise - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville

Chris Stewart - Tyler Graovac - Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba

Gustav Olofsson - Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper 

RED WINGS

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha

Tomas Tatar - Frans Nielsen - Dylan Larkin

Andreas Athanasiou - Darren Helm - Thomas Vanek

Justin Abdelkader - Luke Glendening - Riley Sheahan

Danny DeKeyser - Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen

Brendan Smith - Xavier Ouellet 

Jared Coreau

Petr Mrazek


The opponent

Playing in the second half of back-to-back games, the Detroit Red Wings lost 2-1 against the Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. It marked the first game since the death of Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, who passed away on Friday at the age of 84. Former Wild forward Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal for the Wings and goaltender Petr Mrazek was outstanding, making 37 saves. Detroit is attempting to salvage the final game of a three-game road trip; the Red Wings are 0-2-0 so far on the trip and have been outscored 8-4 in those games.


Connections

• Vanek scored 93 points in two seasons (154 games) with the Wild from 2014-16. 

• Red Wings assistant coach John Torchetti served as Minnesota's head coach for the final 27 games of last season, leading the Wild to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

• Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen is from St. Paul and played three seasons at St. Cloud State University.


Eastern bias

Minnesota is 14-5-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, including a 10-1-0 record against the Atlantic Division, with its only loss coming Nov. 1 against Buffalo. Last season, Minnesota went 13-16-3 against the East, including an 8-6-2 record against the Atlantic.

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