Wild vs. Canucks morning skate report: New face in lineup, COVID-19 hits staff, first


VANCOUVER – Three weeks after getting claimed off waivers from Nashville, Rem Pitlick will make his Wild debut.

The forward will be in the lineup on Tuesday night when the Wild kicks off a three-game road trip at Vancouver in the Canucks’ home opener at Rogers Arena.

“He’s ready,” coach Dean Evason said. “We’ve talked to him on a daily basis on staying ready. Obviously, we do the same thing with everybody that is out of the lineup. We want them to work their butts off and stay ready. He has that opportunity. We expect him to show well here tonight.”

Pitlick will start on the fourth line with winger Brandon Duhaime and center Nico Sturm.

Nick Bjugstad will line up with winger Kevin Fiala and center Frederick Gaudreau. Center Victor Rask is the extra forward.

On defense, the Wild is expected to roll out the same pairings. Cam Talbot will be back…



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