ST. PAUL, Minn. After getting shut out in two of its past three games, the Minnesota Wild want to ensure their playoff positioning doesn't slip too much. They're hopeful a healthy top defenseman Ryan Suter and a shuffling of the forward lines can help them get back on the right track Saturday against Columbus.
Getting back Suter, who leads the NHL by averaging 27:11 time on ice per game, is the most pressing matter for Minnesota, which has lost six of its past eight games. Suter, who was hurt in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, didn't practice Friday, and coach Mike Yeo called his defenseman day-to-day. Yeo wouldn't elaborate on Suter's injury, only saying it's a "body" injury when asked if Suter was dealing with a lower-body injury.
"The minutes that he plays anyway, with a guy like that, you pretty much go into these practice days and see how he's feeling anyway," Yeo said. "So if he's not feeling 100 percent, then might as well just keep him off."
Suter, who is sec...