Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/17/11
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES: Wild coach Mike Yeo jokedFriday that if Pierre-Marc Bouchard (facial injury) was ready tonight he thinks they could find a spot for him. Bouchard might be ready to take that spot. Bouchard participated in a full morning skate this morning and will be a game-time decision tonight. "He looked great; it is just a matter of making sure he feels good this afternoon and feels real confident going into that game, andthat he can go out and play the way he needs to play" said Yeo of Bouchard. If Bouchard can't go tonight, the Wild will be forced to use seven defensemen, as forward Casey Wellman will miss his second straight game with a wrist injury. "See him (Casey) shoot the puck. I would rather play with guys that are ready to go out and battle the way that we need them to," added Yeo. One player who will be ready to battle will be forward Jarod Palmer, who was recalled from Houston yesterday. Yeo said the 25-year-old will be in the lineup tonight. Palmer is excited for his NHL debut, but he knows he can't let emotions get ahold of him. "Keeping your head together, keep your head in it," Palmer said. "Can't get too high, can't get too low. You have to stay even-keeled and play smart." Palmer will have about 100 friends and family in attendance to watch his NHL debut tonight. KOIVU UPDATE: Mikko Koivu skated before the team today and is still day-to-day with a lower-body injury. HE SAID IT: "I think it is huge; they have some skill over there and we are missing some of our skilled guys, and I think we need to play a certain way to be successful -- and that is sticking with the game plan. Playing with the north mentality and keeping the puck in their end as much as we can. That is how we feel like we are going to be successful." Kyle Brodziak on the key to success tonight
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