The Wild Beat
Mikael Granlund hopes to play soon, perhaps Tuesday against Vancouver--but with Zach Parise still out Monday, assistant coach Darby Hendrickson filled out the practice lineup once more.
The Wild won 4-2 at Calgary on Saturday, fighting back after losing a second-period lead to end a string of disappointing third periods.
Goaltender Alex Stalock will get his second start of the season Saturday, backstopping a Wild team that fell to 1-2-2 with Friday's loss at Winnipeg.
After another third-period letdown that led to a loss at Winnipeg, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau expressed frustration with key players.
The Wild end a five-day break in the schedule with a game at Winnipeg on Friday, and Boudreau hopes to see results from the lessons imparted at this week's practices.
Wingers Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno both returned to practice for the first time after injuries. Granlund's status for the weekend is still uncertain.
With the Wild down to eight healthy forwards, Darby Hendrickson practiced again Tuesday as the team awaits word on Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund.
The Wild had hoped to have Zach Parise back in the lineup Friday, but he left the ice at Monday's Wild practice after about 25 minutes.
In Saturday's overtime loss, players recalled from Iowa made the most of limited minutes, while some regulars didn't meet expectations.
Called up Friday by the injury-depleted Wild, Kunin will make his NHL debut Saturday against Columbus at Xcel, while Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Marcus Foligno, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund continue to heal.
Already playing without injured forwards Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund, the Wild lost three more forwards in Thursday night's win at Chicago and made roster moves.
The Wild is down to eight healthy forwards after injuries in a 5-2 victory over Chicago, which also included a controversial offside call.
The Wild resumes its schedule Thursday against the Blackhawks, who have outscored opponents 11-1 in first periods en route to a 3-0-1 record.
Coach Bruce Boudreau will use his seven defensemen and 11 forwards a bit differently at Chicago on Thursday.
Mikael Granlund has not been on the ice for a game or practice since playing in last Thursday's season opener at Detroit.
Despite multiple reports, Wild forward Zach Parise said the the injury he has been dealing with is not a back injury.
The Wild swiped a point in Carolina on Mikko Koivu's buzzer-beater, but poor defense and decisionmaking cost it a victory.
Wild forward Mikael Granlund is not expected to play tonight at Carolina, when goalie Alex Stalock will get his first start of the season.
The Wild got no goals from a tepid power play in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Detroit, and it also was hurt by two disallowed goals and a failure to lift shots.
The veteran winger signed yesterday, and his papers came through just in time to face the Red Wings.