The Wild Beat
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.
With a back issue keeping Zach Parise out for the Wild's first two games, at least, the team signed veteran winger Daniel Winnik.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's not sure if Daniel Winnik will be traveling with the Wild to Detroit on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday's season opener.
After experimenting with new defensive combinations during training camp, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has gone back to a proven duo.
For now, the team is keeping Joel Eriksson Ek as the third-line center and waiting to see where Zach Parise is at physically.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Zach Parise hopes to have three days of full-contact practice next week and play in Thursday's opener.
Zach Parise was not on the ice for Thursday's optional practice or Friday's regular practice, but Bruce Boudreau is keeping positive about the winger's readiness for Thursday's regular-season opener.