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 was...