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Spurgeon Practices, Could Play On Thursday

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who missed the Minnesota Wild's game on Tuesday with a deep bruise, returned to practice on Wednesday, and said he could play on Thursday when the Minnesota Wild hosts the Washington Capitals.

"It's up to the coaching staff obviously, but if I can go, I can go," Spurgeon said. "I want to get in there and help the team out, and if there's any possible way to do that, I will."

Spurgeon left in the second period of the Wild's game on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues after taking two shifts coming out of the intermission.

"It progressively got worse, so you go until you can't, and then it was just too much," he said. "At that point I felt like I was doing a little worse than better for the team."

Spurgeon's presence would be very welcome. The Wild has allowed a combined 17 goals in its past four games, is without defenseman Jonas Brodin who broke his foot last week, and will play the Washington Capitals, the NHL's highest-scoring team, on Thursday. 

"I'd say that would be pretty big," Head Coach Mike Yeo said on the possibility of getting Spurgeon back. "We have some pretty good challenges here."

Spurgeon said he would take morning skate on Thursday, and see how he feels, hoping to again respond positively.

"You never want to miss a game," Spurgeon said. "Whenever you're out, you feel like you're letting the team down, and you just want to get back as quick as possible, so that's what we're trying to do."

Not at Wild practice on Wednesday were forwards Mikko Koivu, Charlie Coyle, and Jason Pominville. Yeo said with the Wild holding an optional skate, all three players are fine.

Koivu left the Wild's practice early on Monday after feeling some discomfort, but played against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

"He had some discomfort, but his play last night showed that it wasn’t a factor; that's for sure," Yeo said.

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