Pitlick steps in to make season debut as Wild changes lineup

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The Wild was off to a 4-0 start before Sunday's loss to Nashville. Victor Rask was a healthy scratch Tuesday to make room for former Gophers standout Rem Pitlick.
VANCOUVER – After watching games way above the ice from the press box, Rem Pitlick finally got closer to the action.

Much closer.

Pitlick made his Wild and season debut Tuesday night against the Canucks at Rogers Arena at the outset of a three-game road trip, drawing into the lineup for the first time after getting claimed off waivers from the Predators three weeks earlier.

"I wish I could have gotten in the last game," Pitlick said. "It would have been nice to play against Nashville. But I'm super-excited. I'm really thrilled to be here."

A late addition to training camp, Pitlick participated in only one preseason game with the Wild before being named to the team's opening-night roster.

The forward was idle for the first five games but still got to know his new teammates and bank plenty of ice time.

"We're skating every day and the games that I'm not playing, we have some pretty tough skates," said Pitlick, who had 11 games of NHL experience with the Predators after they drafted him in the third round in 2016. "But they're fun. We've been doing the bag skates with some shooting drills at the end. So, I think that that should translate for me hopefully being in shape out there.

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