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Dubnyk takes puck to neck, continues practicing

Goalie says he should be able to play vs. Blackhawks

by Dan Myers / Correspondent

MINNEAPOLIS -- Goaltender drama isn't a new phenomenon for the Minnesota Wild. Luckily the latest scare only lasted a few minutes. 

Devan Dubnyk was hit on the neck with a shot during the Wild's practice at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday but said he should be able to start in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS, SN).

Minutes into practice, however, Dubnyk wasn't so certain. A shot from one of his teammates sailed high and hit him flush under the mask, leaving a welt on the right side of his neck. 

Dubnyk remained down on the ice and was attended to by team medical personnel. He said afterward that he lost feeling momentarily in his right arm. 

"It's scary, but it's not the first and it's not the last one I'm going to take up high," Dubnyk said. "[The numbness] is startling but you know how to deal with it. Anytime that happens, you're going through the quick checklist trying to feel everything. I got to my right arm and I couldn't check it off for a little while. 

"That's why I was down for a little while, I was just trying to get the feeling back." 

The Wild will try for their fourth-consecutive victory Sunday following losses in 13 of 14 games, which resulted in the firing of Mike Yeo as coach on Feb. 13. Dubnyk has won his past two starts after losing nine-straight games during that stretch. 

Defenseman Marco Scandella also returned to practice for the first time since sustaining an upper-body injury against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. He missed the final two games of Minnesota's recent three-game road trip, a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday and a 5-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. 

"It felt great," Scandella said. "Just moving the puck, [being] back with the boys, I'm really excited about getting the opportunity. I'm not sure if I'm playing tomorrow but everything went well today." 

Wild interim coach John Torchetti said he wasn't sure if Scandella would be in the lineup. If he doesn't play, Minnesota native Nate Prosser would play in his third consecutive game. 

Scandella said playing in the Stadium Series is very appealing and he will do everything he can to return. 

"I want to be a part of this experience," Scandella said. "This whole weekend is huge and you never know if you're going to be a part of another one so I would really like to play."

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