Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter [[ NEE-no NEE-der-ay-ter ]] scored the lone goal in the Wild’s 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets to open the preseason at Xcel Energy Center last night. Niklas Backstrom allowed three goals on 10 shots, while Darcy Kuemper stopped all seven shots he faced for Minnesota. The Wild travel to Winnipeg to play the Jets tomorrow.
Wild Trims Roster
The Wild trimmed their training camp roster when they sent four players to various minor leagues yesterday. Goalie Alexandre Belanger was sent to Rouyn-Noranda and defenseman Dylan Labbe to Shawinigan, both in the Quebec Major Junior League. The team also shipped defenseman Cody Corbett to Edmonton of the Western Hockey League, and left winger Carter Sandlak to Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League. The Minnesota training camp roster now stands at 47 players.