The Minnesota Wild are shaking things up, as newly-acquired defender Ian Cole will make his debut against the Anaheim Ducks tonight. The Colorado Avalanche — who are in the area, visiting the Los Angeles Kings — swapped Cole for Greg Pateryn, who was fined for his illegal cross-check to Sonny Milano in Monday night’s game against Anaheim.
The Ducks won that meeting in a way they’ll likely win a lot of games this season: 1-0, a shutout on the shoulders of John Gibson.
The Wild will be starting 24-year-old Kaapo Kahkonen, who had a very good AHL season last year and respectable, but limited, fill-in role at the NHL level. Alex Stalock, the team’s usual second-string netminder, is out with an upper body injury.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in:
Sonny Milano — Ryan Getzlaf — Rickard Rakell
Danton Heinen — Adam Henrique — Jakob Silfverberg
Max Comtois — Sam Steel — Troy Terry
Nicolas Deslauriers — Derek Grant — Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm — Kevin Shattenkirk
Cam Fowler — Andy Welinski
Jacob Larsson — Jani Hakanpaa
Expected Scratches: Isac Lundestrom, Ben Hutton
Injured Reserve: Brendan Guhle (knee), Josh Manson (upper body)
Zach Parise — Victor Rask — Kirill Kaprizov
Marcus Johansson — Nick Bonino — Kevin Fiala
Jordan Greenway — Joel Eriksson Ek — Marcus Foligno
Nico Sturm — Nick Bjugstad — Ryan Hartman
Jonas Brodin — Jared Spurgeon
Ryan Suter — Matt Dumba
Ian Cole — Carson Soucy
Scratched: Gerald Mayhew, Brad Hunt
Injured: Marco Rossi (upper body), Alex Stalock (upper body), Mats Zuccarello (arm surgery)
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports Wisconsin, nationally on NBCSN and is available to stream through NHL.tv.
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!