Bagnall To Make NHL Debut Tonight

The Wild will close out the road portion of its regular season schedule tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. The Wild can make a bit of history with a win tonight. It would be the first time the club has won 20 road games, and it would also be the first time it has swept a six-game season series against an opponent.

Drew Bagnall, a former Hobey Baker finalist with St. Lawrence University, has been recalled and will be in the lineup tonight. Justin Falk was sent back to Houston to make room for Bagnall. Way back in October, it appeared that Bagnall had made the team out of training camp and he accompanied the team to Helsinki, Finland. Just before the opener, Bagnall learned he would be reassigned. He’ll finally get the chance to make his NHL debut tonight.

Chuck Kobasew, who was a late scratch last night due to a personal matter, made the flight to Edmonton and is expected to play tonight.

It was a tough night all around for the Wild last night, considering the Canucks shut them out, 5-0. Apparently it was also tough on rookie radio broadcaster Kevin Falness, who is filling in for Bob Kurtz on this road trip. This is Kevin on the flight to Edmonton last night:

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the UMD Bulldogs are playing Michigan for the national championship tomorrow night. The Dogs came up with a victory over Notre Dame that featured a wild first period, an exciting second and a dry heave-inducing third period (for Bulldog fans).

Michigan played the perfect game yesterday and shut out North Dakota, much to the dismay of the thousands of Sioux fans, and much to the enjoyment of Wild players Eric Nystrom and John Madden.

Sorry boys, but this is the year of the Bulldog.

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