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Fontaine Out; Suter Maintenance Day; Super Bowl Chatter

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild looks to make it three-for-three on its Canadian road trip, tomorrow skating against the Vancouver Canucks at 2 p.m. State of Hockey Time.

The Wild will be without Justin Fontaine, who suffered a pulled groin against the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo doesn’t have a timetable for a return and with this type of injury it just needs time to heal.

“It’s something that could be a day or something that could be longer,” Yeo said.

Defenseman Ryan Suter didn’t skate with the team today at Rogers Arena and used it as a maintenance day. However, precautionary measures will be taken with the blueliner and his progress will be monitored.

“If there’s a point where we feel he’s not ready or putting himself in a bad spot, as far as potentially hurting himself worse, then he wouldn’t play,” Yeo said. “So we’ll make that decision tomorrow.”

In today’s practice, Erik Haula centered Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cooke. The 23-year-old has been a healthy scratch in the last two games. Christian Folin was paired with Jonas Brodin with Suter out today.

With the early puck drop, the Wild won’t have a morning skate.

Super Bowl Shuffle

Tomorrow’s matinee is good for football fans, but bad for Wild players interested in watching the Super Bowl. The team will be on an airplane on the way back to Minnesota as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battle for the National Football League title.

For New England Patriots fan, Charlie Coyle, he’s disappointed that the team will be missing the game. Coyle said that his friends and family back in Weymouth, Mass., are all hyped up for the contest.

“They’ve always been my team,” Coyle said. “Tom Brady…he’s awesome to watch. Everyone back home in New England is pretty lucky to have a QB like him to last so many years. With him playing, they’re always in the hunt for a Super Bowl.”

Haula is also a Pats fan thanks to Brady.

“Tom Brady has been my idol, forever, since I started watching football,” Haula said. “I’ve watched him closely and there’s not much not to like about him.”

Out of the four players the Lighthouse spoke with today, only Ryan Carter sided with Seattle (Kyle Brodziak also picked the Pats), but mainly for his own benefit. 

“There’s a little pool, so if they win I win,” Carter said with a smile. “I’ve got a vested interest.”

Find out who is pulling for Seattle and who is rooting for New England tomorrow with WildTV's Super Bowl video.

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