When you think “Wild,” chances are good that “Minnesota” doesn’t cross your mind. The odds that “Iowa” is the word that you think of is even less.
Yet, that is where the Minnesota Wild’s farm team is located - and the Iowa Wild are ready to host tonight’s pre-season matchup between their NHL affiliate and the Blues. From the Blues’ official site, here are tonight’s lines:
Defense: Joel Edmundson, Sam Lofquist, Niko Mikkola, Alex Pietrangelo, Mitch Reinke, Jake Walman
Goalies: Ville Husso, Evan Fitzpatrick
Ville Husso will start off tonight’s game; Husso is more than likely surpassing Jordan Binnington on the depth chart. Binnington allowed three goals on eight shots last night in the Blues’ 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars. On the bright side, Jordan Kyrou and Pat Maroon netted two of the Blues three goals (the third was Dmitrij Jaskin’s), so yay new guys.
Worth noting is that tonight’s game will be Robby Fabbri’s first in a Blues’ jersey in a year and a half. Tonight also marks the Blues debut of Tyler Bozak and the re-return of David Perron.
Puck drop is at 7:00 Central and can be heard on KMOX 1120 AM and on Sports Radio 98.1 HD3. You can also tune in if your have the NHL app or via the Blues’ official website.