Staal makes Wild debut in 4-1 preseason loss to Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jeremy Smith deflects a shot by Minnesota Wild forward Tyler Graovac during the first period of a preseason game.

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Victor Bartley got the home team on the board early with a goal mid-way through the first period, but the Minnesota Wild fell 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche.

Center Eric Staal’s had a minus-2 rating in his first game since joining the Wild as a free agent over the summer, but won a team-high 12 faceoffs.

Bartley signed with the Wild as a free agent in July and beat Avalanche goalie Jeremy Smith to put Minnesota up 1-0 early, before Colorado scored four unanswered goals in the second and third periods.

The Wild return to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they take on the Winnipeg Jets in their third preseason game.