Found May 07, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
ST. PAUL, Minn. Jason Pominville has had to sit and watch his Minnesota Wild teammates take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. Pominville, Minnesota's big trade deadline acquisition, might not have to watch much longer. Pominville, out with an "upper-body injury," participated in the Wild's morning skate Tuesday, his second straight day on the ice with his teammates, and is a game-time decision for Game 4 Tuesday night. "I don't know yet to be honest with you," Pominville said after Tuesday's morning skate. "I'm just doing my best, trying to get the proper treatment done, doing my best to get back to where I need to be, and that decision will be up to the coach, but I'm headed in the right direction, that's for sure." Wild coach Mike Yeo didn't rule Pominville out, but left open the decision whether he could return Tuesday night. Pominville had four goals and five assists in 10 games for Minnesota after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline. "We'll have to see on that," Yeo said of Pominville's status for Tuesday. "It was another good step today. He had another good day and we'll see." Pominville has missed five games since taking an elbow to the face from Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown on April 23. Pominville was skating in on Brown, who turned and led with his elbow, catching Pominville in the face. Pominville went down immediately and seemed woozy while staking off the ice. Brown wasn't penalized on the play, but was later suspended for two games. Speaking to reporters for the first time since the injury, Pominville took issue with Brown's use of his elbow. "Obviously, not happy about the hit, but at the same time I know he's a guy that plays hard and hits hard," Pominville said. "But I just don't think the elbows are needed when you try to hit a guy, but that's just unfortunate that it happened." Pominville, one of Minnesota's most experienced playoff veterans, missed the final two games of the regular season and all three games so far in the first round of the playoffs against the Western Conference's top seed. "It's been tough," Pominville said when asked about the injury. "Obviously not being on the ice the best time of the year has not been easy. It's been a tough rehab. A few things have gone different ways, but I think I'll prefer to comment on those once the season is over." Pominville said he has been skating on his own previous to the past two days with the team and said Tuesday it "felt pretty good." He wasn't sure if he would take part in pregame warmups Tuesday night to test the injury and said he had to talk more with Yeo. Pominville was doing battle drills along the boards with defenseman Nate Prosser during practice, testing himself against contact. Pominville had returned to practice prior to Game 1, but then was held out the following days. "I think that's the tough part about this whole playoff thing, that guys don't practice that much, and when there is practices it's optional skates and travel days and morning skates so you don't really get a feel for five on five play or special teams or whatever it may be," Pominville said. "So just being able to get engaged in battles a little bit today and yesterday was nice." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.

After another practice, Pominville progresses

Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville has moved closer to returning to the lineup. Pominville took part in the team's morning skate on Tuesday before Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against Chicago. This was the second straight practice he was on the ice. Pominville hasn't played since taking an elbow to the chin in a game against Los Angeles two weeks ago...

Pominville practices, progresses

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