ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are making sure they have depth in the lineup heading into Thursday's game at Edmonton to begin the post-Olympic break schedule.
Minnesota recalled goaltender John Curry and forward Stephane Veilleux from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, while placing defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Jason Zucker on injured reserve.
The depth is needed with the status of goaltender Niklas Backstrom, center Mikko Koivu and even Scandella unknown heading into Thursday, the start of a 23-game, 46-day run to the end of the regular season.
After practicing in Minnesota on Tuesday, Wild coach Mike Yeo was hopeful Backstrom and Koivu would be ready to play Thursday. Koivu, third on the team with 35 points, has returned to practice after January ankle surgery. Backstrom practiced over the weekend, but was held out Tuesday with soreness.
"It's not lower body and it's not upper body," Yeo said Tuesday when asked if it was st...