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Wild expect to put Granlund back in lineup vs. Avs; centre hasn't played yet in April

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 6:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Wild expect to put Granlund back in lineup vs. Avs; centre hasn't played yet in April

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild centre Mikael Granlund likely will return to action for the playoffs, after a hit to the head kept him out for the last six games of the regular season.

Coach Mike Yeo said after practice Tuesday that Granlund "looks good and feels good" after missing the last two weeks. The Wild play at Colorado on Thursday in Game 1 of their first-round series.

Granlund would return to the second line, between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville. The 22-year-old had a breakout season with eight goals and 33 assists in 63 games.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper practiced with the team Tuesday for the first time since he suffered an upper-body injury in the pregame skate March 31 at Los Angeles, the same day Granlund was hurt. Kuemper would back up Ilya Bryzgalov.

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