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Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Preseason Game Thread

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Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0) vs Minnesota Wild (0-0-0)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:30

Television: None Local, try ChannelSurfing.net for a feed
Try to listen live on WCCO.com
(if available), or locally at 830 AM

Live stream available from the Blue Jackets radio network at http://streamdata.dispatchbroadcast.com/CBJgamelive.asx
For the Columbus perspective, check out Light the Lamp

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Columbus Blue Jackets

Brunette-Koivu-Miettinen
Gillies-Sheppard-Nolan
Hamilton-Kolanos-Irmen
Veilleux-Pouliot-Weller

Schultz-Johnsson
Bergeron-Zidlicky
Mojzis-Reitz

Backstrom
Brust

Mike York-Jiri Novotny-Jakub Voracek
Craig MacDonald-Steve Kelly-Jared Boll
Andrew Murray-Trevor Frischmon-Maksim Mayorov
Adam Pineault-Blair Yaworski-Derek Dorsett

Jan Hejda-Marc Methot
Richard Matvichuk-Aaron Rome
Grant Clitsome-Jonathan Sigalet

Dan LaCosta
Fredrik Norrena

This is a really young lineup (overall) for Columbus tonight. No Modin, no Huselius, no Nash, no Peca, no Umberger, Torres, Commodore or Klesla. Clearly this isn't going to be a great look at how the Wild look against prepared opposition. However, it is a nice setup for an opener. Let the team stretch their legs, as it were.

I'm going to assume that Blaine's Trevor Frischmon is going to have a lot of friends and family in attendance tonight. Should be a nice homecoming for the kid, as he's likely not going to be with the big club for very long.

Questions to be answered tonight:

  1. How does Colton Gillies react to full-speed in the NHL?
  2. Can the Wild take over 50% of the faceoffs?
  3. Will Krys Kolanos or Benoit Pouliot present themselves as a candidate for one of the open center spots?

What questions do you have?

What are you looking forward to tonight? (Besides the season finally getting under way?)