The Minnesota Wild will be without Pierre-Marc Bouchard as they look to right the ship Saturday night against the Flames in Calgary.
Bouchard suffered a lower-body injury in a 3-0 loss Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks.
“He’s not in, he’s going to be out today,” Wild coach Mike Yeo confirmed. “He’ll get re-evaluated when we get back to Minny.”
The loss is a big one for Minnesota. Bouchard sits fourth in team scoring with nine goals and 22 points this season.
Hoping to ease the pain of Bouchard’s absence is the return of defenseman Clayton Stoner, who was activated off injured reserve Friday and will be in the lineup against Calgary.
“The body is feeling good and I’m excited to get back up in the lineup,” Stoner said.
Stoner rejoins a Wild team that has won just once in its last 11 games after winning seven in a row.
“We’ve had a tough stretch where we’re not playing our best every night,” Stoner said. “If I can come in and be consistent and do whatever I can it’ll help the team.”
Though he’s been out of the lineup since Dec. 22, Stoner feels just as much a part of the losses as his teammates.
“It’s tough,” Stoner said. “You feel for them. You know what you’re going through. I still feel a part of it. Obviously it’d be nice if we won all those games but we didn’t and we’re just trying to build as a team.”
Here is the projected lineup for the Wild:
Dany Heatley – Mikko Koivu – Devin Setoguchi
Darroll Powe – Kyle Brodziak – Cal Clutterbuck
Casey Wellman – Matt Cullen – Nick Johnson
Colton Gillies – Warren Peters – Brad Staubitz
Marek Zidlicky – Nick Schultz
Jared Spurgeon – Marco Scandella
Clayton Stoner – Justin Falk