Wild lose to Blues in preseason action

The Minnesota Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in preseason action Tuesday night. Marek Zidlicky, Mikko Koivu, and Brett Bulmer scored for the Wild. Minnesota has two preseason games remaining - at Columbus on Thursday before hosting Edmonton on Friday.
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The Minnesota Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in preseason action Tuesday night. Marek Zidlicky, Mikko Koivu, and Brett Bulmer scored for the Wild. Minnesota has two preseason games remaining - at Columbus on Thursday before hosting Edmonton on Friday.

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