National Hockey League

Kaapo Kahkonen starts as Wild begins three-game series vs. Blues

Not only is Friday's matchup at Enterprise Center the start of a back-to-back and three in a row overall, but the game is the first of seven head-to-head battles the rest of the season.

"We were able to come out on top [last game]," coach Dean Evason said, referring to the 2-0 win at Xcel Energy Center on March 25 in which the Wild was outshot 37-11.

Kaapo Kahkonen will get the start for the Wild, his first since a 4-2 loss at San Jose on March 31.

Marcus Foligno accompanied the team to St. Louis and participated in the Wild's morning skate, but he will not play Friday.

Franmil Reyes homered twice and Zach Plesac pitched seven dominant innings after getting an early lead to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-1 win Friday night over the Detroit Tigers, who scratched starter Julio Teheran just before the first pitch.

Ramon Abila made his Minnesota United debut on Friday, playing 20-plus minutes as a second-half sub in a 3-2 preseason finale loss at Orlando City.

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