THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: Jason Zucker, who took a nasty hit from Ducks forward Corey Perry on Tuesday, will be out of the lineup Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.
The league suspended Perry four games for the hit. Zucker skated on his own Thursday morning, and Wild coach Mike Yeo said he anticipates his young forward will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip to Colorado, Vancouver and Detroit.
With Zucker out, Pierre-Marc Bouchard will be back in the lineup. Bouchard has been a healthy scratch the past three games. The 28-year-old has 332 points in 542 career games and is a proven playmaker.
"I want to see him come in and not play the type of game where you are afraid of making a mistake and where you play safe," Yeo said. "I want to see him come in and play with confidence and make a point. He has the ability to do that. He has the ability to control the play and obviously create, and certainly we have to do that within our structure within the way we want to play...