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Pre-Season Game 3: Jets @ Wild Game Thread

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Our first Game Thread of the Year! Minnesota's (Almost) regular lineup hosts the Winnipeg Jets.

Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers may be easy to throw around, but his skill is off the charts.
Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers may be easy to throw around, but his skill is off the charts.
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It's good to be back!

The Minnesota Wild are going to be hosting the Winnipeg Jets tonight in the Wild's third pre-season game of this season. The two teams met earlier in the week, with the Jets prevailing over the Wild 2-1. The Wild mostly played young players, while the Jets played with close to their full lineup.

This time, the Wild are playing mostly regulars, with the notable exception of Thomas Vanek, who is presumably still sitting out as a precaution for (what we understand) is a bruise. Keith Ballard and Jason Zucker, both of whom played the first two pre-season games, are out tonight as well. Kyle Brodziak is playing tonight in his first game action of the season.

Winnipeg isn't putting their full team on the ice, either. While there are plenty of regulars, stars like Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien (The Winnipeg media might enjoy this game!), and Jacob Trouba won't be on the ice tonight. A shame, as I'd love to see a Dumba-Trouba matchup. Oh, well.

So, yeah, we're back. Talk about the game, be cool to each other, post a lot of GIFs, and have fun!

Minnesota Wild Lineup (via the Star Tribune):

Forwards

Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville

Matt Cooke - Erik Haula - Justin Fontaine

Michael Keränen -  Kyle Brodziak - Joel Rechlicz

Defensemen (Pairings Assumed)

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon

Gustav Olofsson - Mathew Dumba

Goalie

Niklas Backstrom - Darcy Kuemper

Winnipeg Jets Lineup (via the Star Tribune):

Forwards

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Nikolaj Ehlers

Adam Lowry - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Carl Klingberg - Nicolas Petan - Matt Halischuk

Chris Thorburn - Jim Slater - J.C. Lipon

Defensemen

Tobias Enstrom - Zach Bogosian

Adam Pardy - Keaton Ellerby (or possibly Grant Clitsome)

Ben Chiarot - Julien Brouillette

Goalie

Terrible Ondrej Pavelec

Five Questions:

1. Gustav Olofsson and Mathew Dumba will be playing tonight's game. Will either of them see major ice time?

2. Michael Keränen will get a look on the Power Play. Will he impress enough for a bigger role as the game goes on?

3. Nino Niederreiter will be skating with Pominville and Koivu to start the night, effectively an audition for a Top-6 role. How will that combination look?

4. Is Niklas Backstrom's play tonight going to put an end to Bryzgalov's tryout? (He will likely play the whole game.)

5. Tonight's Winnipeg Jet to watch is Nikolaj Ehlers, the 9th overall pick in last year's draft. "The Dancing Dane" is slight- his 6'0" frame only has 176 lbs on it- but he is absolutely explosive, with great speed, puck skills, and shooting. Will he do any damage to the Wild tonight?

Bonus Question: Seriously, why Joel Rechlicz?! What on earth does he offer this team?