The Minnesota Wild are set to face off against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night and while their roster will be nearly at full strength, one rather important name has not made the list.
Sitting on the sidelines playing cheerleader will be none other than often-injured Minnesota Wild star forward Zach Parise. While Parise's absence will come as no surprise given the fact that he continues to struggle with back issues, it will still come as a disappointment to Wild fans who have seen him injured far too often in recent years.
With that in mind here is how the rest of the Wild's line up is set to look like tonight as per Daily Faceoff:
1st line: Nine Niederreiter - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle
2nd line: Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Grandlund
3rd line: Marcus Foligno - Joel Eriksson Ek - Chris Stewart
4th line: Daniel Winnik - Matt Cullen - Tyler Enniss
First pairing: Ryan Suter - Matthew Dumba
Second pairing: Jonas Brodin - Jared Spurgeon
Third pairing: Kyle Quincey - Mike Reilly
Starter: Devan Dubnyk
Backup: Alex Stalock