ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been a healthy scratch each of the previous three games for the Minnesota Wild, but he will re-enter the lineup Thursday in place of injured Jason Zucker.
Zucker, who was hit in the head by Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry on Tuesday, will accompany the Wild on its three-game road trip beginning this weekend against the Colorado Avalanche. Zucker skated for the second straight day Thursday and has reported no problems so far.
For the Avalanche, veteran Milan Hejduk will return to the lineup after missing five games with a stiff neck.
Colorado's Semyon Varlamov and Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom are the expected starters in net.
Here are the projected lineups for the game Thursday at Xcel Energy Center:
Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - Milan Hejduk
Jamie McGinn - Matt Duchene - PA Parenteau
John Mitchell - Ryan O'Reilly - David Jones
Cody McLeod - Chuck Kobasew - Patrick Bordeleau
Ryan Wilson - Erik Johnson
Matt Hunwick - Greg Zanon
Jan Hejda - Shane O'Brien
Scratched: Mark Olver, Ryan O'Byrne
Injured: Steve Downie (knee)
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi
Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Mike Rupp - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell
Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Justin Falk - Tom Gilbert
Clayton Stoner - Jared Spurgeon
Scratched: Nate Prosser, Brett Clark
Injured: Jason Zucker (upper body), Josh Harding (illness)