Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/17/11
ST. PAUL, Minn. The first-place Minnesota Wild have been doomed by injuries of late. Seemingly every game, another player is banged up and the lineup is again juggled.For Jarod Palmer, that was his ticket to the NHL.The 25-year-old Palmer, who grew up in nearby Fridley, Minn., made his NHL debut with the Wild in Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Islanders at Xcel Energy Center. The rookie forward finished with a team-high six shots in 15:38 of ice time."I was just trying to shoot pucks," Palmer said after the loss. "The team was struggling to get shots in the net. I was just trying to put them there. I know I've got (Colton) Gillies and (Warren) Peters that are going to crash the net hard, so any shot might be a second or third opportunity and you've got to think that way." The Wild placed Guillaume Latendresse on injured reserve, and Mikko Koivu (leg) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard (broken nose) were also scratched from Saturday's lineup. So in stepped Palmer, and the rookie...
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