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Wild's Dubnyk, Koivu, Parise to make preseason debut tonight

The Wild will roll out yet another new look when it hosts the Stars Thursday at Xcel Energy Center, with goalie Devan Dubnyk, captain Mikko Koivu and winger Zach Parise among those set to make their preseason debuts.

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon is also slotted to play his first game.

“It’s fun to get back into it,” Dubnyk said. “I’m excited to get in there and play a game. I don’t concern myself about outcomes. I know the things that I want to work on and the things that I need to do to get sharp on for the start of the regular season to be ready to go. The only real way to do it is in a game, so I’m excited to get a chance to get in there tonight.”

Here are both teams’ lineups, with one change. Center Justin Kloos will sub in for rookie Jordan Greenway; coach Bruce Boudreau said Greenway is sore, so the team wanted to be cautious and sit him out.

Kloos played Wednesday in Des Moines where the Wild fell 3-2 to the Blues, scoring a goal after posting a game-high nine shots in a 2-1 loss to the Jets Monday.

“I thought the first 10 minutes we weren’t very good,” Boudreau said of Wednesday’s game. “They outshot us 6-0. The next 40 minutes, I think we outshot them 22-6, and we were really good. We should have had maybe three or four goals. But in the last 10 minutes, I don’t think we played extremely well.”

What Boudreau has noticed so far during preseason action is how the pace of play has increased with each game, a trend he expects to continue.

“Even though Dallas isn’t bringing their full lineup here today, the pace is going to be higher than last night’s pace,” he said. “So we’ll see how it works out.”

Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson likely out for two weeks

Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson’s bid for a roster spot has suffered a setback.

Olofsson injured a shoulder Monday in the Wild’s preseason opener against the Jets, a source said, and while he’ll be evaluated in the next few days, Olofsson could be sidelined for at least a couple weeks.

The 23-year-old was hurt on a hit from Winnipeg star winger Patrik Laine in the third period.

Drafted 46th overall in 2013 by the Wild, Olofsson is among the defensemen likely jostling for the seventh spot on the blue line since Greg Pateryn and Nick Seeler seem poised to fill out the third pairing after both signed multi-year contracts in the summer.

Nate Prosser, Ryan Murphy, Carson Soucy and Louie Belpedio are other candidates.

This isn’t the first time Olofsson has faced adversity while trying to carve out a role with the Wild.

He previously hurt his knee in September 2016 at the Traverse City prospect’s tournament – this after he was coming off back-to-back season-ending shoulder injuries.

Last season, Olofsson rotated in and out of the lineup, registering eight assists in 41 games.

The Wild faces the Blues tonight in Des Moines; here are the lineups.

Final, 9/20 1 2 3 F
Dallas 2-0 1 0 2 3
Minnesota 0-3 0 1 0 1

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