In the corridors, beneath the stands and next to the locker rooms, at Joe Louis Arena, names of past Detroit Red Wings’ Stanley Cup Winning teams line the walls.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin knows these teams, which include the names of fellow countrymen like Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Holmstrom, Kronwall and Franzen. The Swedish defenseman would like to help the Wild win the Cup, but first thing’s first: His first National Hockey League game. The 19-year-old will check that off his list, today, in Joe Louis Arena against the Wings.
Brodin will play on the right side of the blue line, paired with Clayton Stoner. He’ll also likely to get a few looks on the Wild’s second power play unit alongside Tom Gilbert. Brodin replaces Jared Spurgeon, who didn’t participate in the morning skate and will be out tonight with a lower body injury after blocking a shot against Nashville on Tuesday.
Brodin said that he is both excited and nervous, but added he has nerves before every game, which he believes is a good thing. The defenseman talked to WildTV about tonight’s game.
Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo confirmed that Josh Harding gets the start in goal. Last year, he played in all four games against the Wings, including a shutout win.
Video Yeo’s media scrum will be on WildTV this afternoon, as will a WildTV interview with defenseman Justin Falk.
Out of the lineup are forward Matt Kassian and defenseman Matt Dumba.
Tonight’s game will air on FOX Sports North at 6:30 p.m. CST.