Two days ago, the Minnesota Wild was dealing with the dilemma of which linemates should Mark Parrish and Marian Gaborik play alongside. Now, the dilemma is getting enough players to put out four lines.
Whether he finishes the season in Minnesota or Texas, left wing Joel Ward will have enough frequent flier miles to fly anywhere in the world at season’s end. The left winger is expected to be recalled for the third time this season after the Wild was dealt yet another injury setback.
It was revealed on Thursday morning that Pavol Demitra will not make the trip to Chicago due to an upper body injury. Wild Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn said that the injury wasn’t believed to be serious. Demitra finished Tuesday’s game against Edmonton when he sustained the injury, but said he was sore on Thursday. He will not travel to Chicago, but will be handled on a day-to-day basis.
Kurtis Foster (lower body), Todd White (lower body) and Kim Johnsson (lower body) are all expected to miss the game in Chicago. Keith Carney (back) did not practice on Thursday, and is questionable to make the trip. Foster and White have been placed on injured reserve to allow the call ups.
The Wild recalled defenseman Erik Reitz on Wednesday, and Petteri Nummelin is expected to return from a lower body injury on Friday.
At Thursday’s practice, head coach Jacques Lemaire had Pascal Dupuis centering Brian Rolston and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Parrish skated alongside Mikko Koivu and Stephane Veilleux, and Gaborik played with Wes Walz and Branko Radivojevic. Ward is expected to join Wyatt Smith and Derek Boogaard on the fourth line.