Wild-Kraken game preview: Without Brodin, looking for road split before returning to the X


at Seattle Kraken, Climate Pledge Arena; 8 p.m. Sunday

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Pregame reading: Mats Zuccarello is more than happy to stay out of the spotlight.

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Sarah McLellan's preview:

Opening bell: The Wild (9-12-4) can't return home with more wins than losses on this road trip, not after going 1-2 through the first three stops. But a 2-2 split would be a respectable finish after a pair of close losses to Vancouver and Edmonton. Seattle has also dealt with adversity lately; the Kraken had dropped six in a row before playing host to the Lightning on Saturday night.

Watch him: Wild RW Matt Boldy continues to deliver offensively. Since ending a 10-game goalless drought on Nov. 28, Boldy has five goals in six games. His goal and assist in the 4-3 loss to the Oilers was the second time in the past three games Boldy's factored into multiple Wild goals.

Injuries: Wild D Zach Bogosian (upper body) and D Jonas Brodin (upper body). Kraken LW Andre Burakovsky (upper body) and C Jaden Schwartz (upper body).

Forecast: Although the Wild have lost two in a row, they haven't played terribly. Actually, if they bring the same effort they had Friday vs. Edmonton but eliminate the costly mistakes, there's no reason why they can't take advantage of a Seattle squad that's been struggling. Plus, the Kraken are finishing off a back-to-back. The Wild, though, will play without Brodin, who is week-to-week.

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