Thursday, September 22, 2011

Several Sea Dogs In Action Tonight

It’s looking like it will be busy night for the Saint John Sea Dogs on the National Hockey League pre-season schedule.

Tonight’s schedule is highlighted by the Minnesota Wild taking on the St. Louis Blues at 9pm AST which will feature Zack Phillips going up against Ryan Tesink.

According to the Wild website, Phillips will centre the second line between wingers Brett Bulmer and Kris Foucault.

“The headliner in the Wild lineup tonight has to be Phillips, the Wild's first rounder with the pick gained in the Brent Burns-Devin Setoguchi trade,” writes the Wild’s website. “While Phillips is a long shot to stick around with the club past the preseason, he wowed Yeo during the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City with his skills. With the absence of a lot of veterans, Phillips will be counted on to provide an offensive spark tonight.”

Tesink is scheduled to play for the Blues this evening. Their lineup features the likes of Jonathan Cheechoo, Jamie Langenbrunner, TJ Oshie and Jaroslav Halak.

In other pre-season action, the Detroit Red Wings take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in London, Ont at 8pm AST. According to the Wings website, Jurco will play on the fourth line with Brent Raedeke and Francis Pare. The Flyers lineup is expected to feature Bathurst native and Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Sean Couturier.

The Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 10pm AST in a game that can be seen on TSN. Yann Sauve is expected to be on the Canucks blue line.

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8pm AST. Simon Despres and Alex Grant were both cut from Pens camp toady and assigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre Scranton. It was a bit of a surprise to see Despres sent down so soon given that many scouting organizations list him as the team’s top prospect.

On the other side, Chris DiDomenico is expected to play for the Blackhawks tonight.

The other exhibition contest this evening sees the Colorado Avalanche take on the Dallas Stars.

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