The Minnesota Wild will get an important member of their defense corps back Tuesday as Jared Spurgeon will be in the lineup for the first time since sustaining a broken foot Jan. 2 against the Buffalo Sabres.
Spurgeon, who will pair with Marco Scandella, was plus-3 and played more than 27 minutes against the Sabres despite the injury.
"We're anxious to see where his game's at," Wild coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "If he can step in and be close to the level that he was at before he got hurt, we're a lot stronger for it."
The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are eagerly anticipating the return of Steven Stamkos in their final game prior to the Olympic break, Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, could see another key piece return Tuesday.
Center Valtteri Filppula is considered a game-time decision but was practicing on his normal line with Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell at the morning skate. Filppula was out of the lineup Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens due to a lower-body injury.
Here are the possible lineups when the Lightning face the Wild: