ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A critical member of the Minnesota Wild's lineup may be on the verge of returning just in time for Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
For the first time in a week, Minnesota right winger Jason Pominville joined his teammates for practice Monday, skating with 14 of his teammates during an optional session at Xcel Energy Center.
Pominville scored four goals and added five assists in 10 games with the Wild after coming over from the Buffalo Sabres in a deal at the NHL Trade Deadline for a pair of prospects and a pair of draft choices.
He missed the final two games of the regular season and the first three games against the Blackhawks after taking an elbow to the face from Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown in a game on April 23. Brown was suspended two games for the hit.
Wild coach Mike Yeo refused to elaborate on the status of Pominville, admitting only that Monday's events are definitely positive.
"Don't have any kind of update on him yet," Yeo said. "I heard he's looking good. We'll just keep going day-to-day, but I think it's definitely encouraging."