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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild will be without one of their most playoff-seasoned players when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night in the first game of a best-of-seven series.
Minnesota coach Mike Yeo announced Tuesday that forward Jason Pominville, a key pickup for the Wild at the trade deadline, will be held out of the series opener against top-seeded Chicago. Pominville, who has four goals and five assists in 10 games with Minnesota, hasn't played since taking an elbow to the face from Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown on April 23.
Pominville returned to practice Monday in Minnesota but was held out of the morning skate Tuesday in Chicago.
Yeo said Pominville is, "just not quite ready," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "This is a big game, but you've got to look at the big picture and we have to make sure that when we get him back in, we get him back in for good."
Pominville will miss his third game since being hurt against Los Angeles. Brown wasn't penalized on the play but was later suspended by the league for two games.
Pominville had returned on a line with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Kyle Brodziak during Monday's practice. Cal Clutterbuck reportedly was skating with Bouchard and Brodziak on Tuesday. Center Zenon Konopka would likely take Pominville's place in the lineup and center the fourth line with Mike Rupp and Torrey Mitchell.
Pominville is one of the few players on the young Wild with playoff experience, an added bonus for Minnesota as it faces the Blackhawks, who were the President's trophy winners for having the league's best regular season-record.
"Well, he's a big part of our team in a lot of areas," Yeo said. "Obviously, the offensive threat that he is, smart player, plays in all situations for us and as much as anything else, the experience that he has in the playoffs and his leadership, obviously is a big part of our team."
The second game of the series is Friday in Chicago, which will Pominville extra time to possibly make a return.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. With one day remaining until the Minnesota Wild open the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota coach Mike Yeo wasn't going to reveal the status of injured forward Jason Pominville.
Pominville, the Wild's big pickup at the trade deadline, has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, but he returned to practice Monday as Minnesota prepares...
Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville will sit out Tuesday's playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Pominville missed the last two games of the regular season after he was elbowed in the chin by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings. He practiced Monday but coach Mike Yeo says he's ''not quite ready.''
Yeo says the Wild have to ''look...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild called up some defensive reinforcement for the opening of the playoffs in Chicago, adding defenseman Marco Scandella from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.
Minnesota, the eighth seed in the Western Conference, is in the playoffs for the first time in five years and face the top-seeded Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Scandella, 23, played...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Josh Harding's first start in the NHL since his return from injured reserve is going to be Game 1 of the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota's starting goaltender, Niklas Backstrom, was injured in pregame warmups Tuesday. Backstrom, who tied for the league lead with 24 wins, started the final 15 games this season for the Wild and 31 of the last 33...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota's Josh Harding didn't have much time to prepare for Tuesday's start in Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
As a backup goalie, Harding is used to preparing as though he'll be thrown into the fire on a moment's notice, but Tuesday was a particularly unusual case. Starter Niklas Backstrom was injured in pregame warm-ups. Just minutes...
The Minnesota Wild have summoned goalie Darcy Kuemper from the minors. Their number one goalie, Niklas Backstrom suffered a lower body injury during warmups. If Backstrom misses any time, Darcy will step-in to backup Josh Harding during the series vs Chicago.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Listening to Mike Rupp speak about winning the Stanley Cup, it's easy to see why the road to the championship is at once rewarding and agonizing.
Getting the chance to lift the cup after surviving the playoffs is special. Even 10 years since Rupp won the Stanley Cup for the only time so far in his career, the scenes of the playoffs gone by can run through Rupp...
The Minnesota Wild have summoned Stephane Veilleux from the AHL who has had three goals and five assists in a total of thirty-three games this season. This is his first crack at the parent club this year.
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Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom tied for the NHL lead with 24 regular-season wins, but he wasn’t in net for the Wild’s playoff opener against the top-seeded Blackhawks on Tuesday.
That duty fell to seldom-used backup Josh Harding, who became the only goaltender on the Minnesota roster after Backstrom went down with an injury during warmups.
The Wild’s third-string goalie...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Even as big underdogs, the Minnesota Wild had plenty of chances to steal Game 1 on Tuesday in Chicago. The eighth-seeded Wild know that, and the Blackhawks know that, too.
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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild. It’s a matchup that was under most people’s playoff radar; until last night. A majority of pundits had the Chicago
Blackhawks sweeping the Wild. Regardless, this will be an interesting series. The Blackhawks came out flat against a Minnesota Wild team that was at the top of their game in game 1 of the playoff series Tuesday night.
The shortened, 48-game NHL regular season is over and the conference seeds and matchups are set. It’s time for some playoff hockey.
Here in the Midwest, we’re lucky to see two of our own teams face off in the first round. The No. 1 seed Chicago Blackhawks and the No. 8 seed Minnesota Wild played each other three times in the regular season with Chicago winning two out of the...
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They opened the questions to everyone at the site, so there will be multiple answers for each question.
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Wild (26-19-3) 8th vs. Blackhawks (36-7-5)1st
Game 1: at Chicago Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:00 PM CT, CBC, FSN, NBCSN
Game 2: at Chicago Friday, May 3, 2013 8:30 PM CT, CBC, FSN, NBCSN
Game 3: at Minnesota Sunday May 5, 2013 2:00 PM CT, CBC, NBC
Game 4: at Minnesota Tuesday, April 30, 2013 May 7, 8:30 PM CT, CBC, FSN, NBCSN
GAME 5: at Chicago Thursday May 9, 2013...