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Boudreau still gone from Wild as team has light practice day

 

 

Well, everyone, it was a pretty light day at Xcel Energy Center for Wild training camp Monday. Only 19 players of 37 currently on the roster took the ice, as most of the guys who played in Sunday's 5-1 preseason loss at the Colorado Avalanche didn't skate.

"I thought we were kind of in control of the game and then we switched goalies, and it was pretty tough on [Steve] Michalek. We threw him kind of into the frying pan, not having any warm up," assistant coach John Anderson said of the loss. "Those are things that goalies have to go through because this is what might happen during the regular season. Then we had a couple bad penalties. We can't continually take 10 penalties because what it does is it ruins the flow and tires everybody out, and we can't get anything going offensively. I think we've had 18 penalties the last two games, and we haven't had a 5-on-5 goal."

Anderson acted as coach in Sunday's game and addressed the media Monday, as coach Bruce Boudreau was absent from practice, still dealing with the death of his brother. Boudreau was on the bench of Saturday's 2-1 win against Colorado at Xcel but was not at the postgame news conference.

"He's good," Anderson said of Boudreau. "It's a tough time for him right now. He's a pretty resilient guy. I think he's concerned about his mom a little bit. He's doing fine. I appreciate the asking. Everybody has been really nice, and I know he appreciates the condolences and the sympathies and stuff like that. He's OK. "

Anderson also joked that Boudreau had been texting him "five times every hour" for updates on the team.

Zach Parise, who recently returned from a reported back injury, and Matt Cullen skated ahead of practice but didn't participate in the full team skate.

"It's an ongoing thing and day to day," Anderson said. "We'll see how it goes."

Here is who was practicing Monday, though:

Forwards: Jason Zucker, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Joel Eriksson Ek, Zack Mitchell, Tyler Ennis, Eric Stall, Nino Niederreiter, Christoph Bertschy, Ryan Malone  and Pat Cannone

Defensemen: Jared Spurgeon, Mike Reilly, Ryan Suter, Matt Dumba, Ryan Murphy and Brennan Menell

Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk and Alex Stalock

Koivu, Granlund set for preseason debuts for Wild against Colorado

The Wild plays the third of seven preseason games tonight, taking on Colorado, at Xcel Energy Center.

Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal are expected to see their first action of the preseason. The Wild won its first two preseason games, both against Winnipeg (3-2 in a shootout and 1-0).

Here is the Wild's projected lineup:

FORWARD LINES

22 NIEDERREITER – 12 STAAL – 63 ENNIS
16 ZUCKER – 9 KOIVU – 64 GRANLUND
37 RAU – 18 O’REILLY – 48 ANAS
21 MALONE – 82 KLOOS – 10 STEWART

DEFENSEMEN

20 SUTER – 24 DUMBA
23 OLOFSSON – 72 MENELL
36 SEELER – 6 MURPHY

GOALTENDERS
40 DUBNYK
32 STALOCK

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Final, 9/24 1 2 3 F
Minnesota 3-1 1 0 0 1
Colorado 2-2 0 2 3 5

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