| Petteri Nummelin is expected to return on Friday, which will be a much-needed addition for the Wild blueline. |
One day after injuries decimated the Minnesota Wild lineup in a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, defenseman Erik Reitz was called up to active duty. Reitz is no stranger to the Wild system, having been a 2000 draft pick of Minnesota and playing with the Aeros in Houston for the past five seasons. Reitz appeared in five games with the Wild at the end of last season and did not register a point.
So far this season, Reitz has appeared in 36 games and posted three goals and 13 assists. He ranks second on the team with a plus/minus rating of +2.
The Wild was down to four defensemen on Tuesday night when Keith Carney left the game with back spasms, and Kurtis Foster went down with a lower body injury. The club was already missing Petteri Nummelin and Kim Johnsson on the blueline.
Carney is day-to-day, while Foster’s injury is considered to be more long-term, meaning he will be out for at least the remainder of the month. The Wild will get Nummelin back in the lineup on Friday in Chicago. Kim Johnsson also appears close to a return, although he has been ruled out for Friday night. He could play as early as Saturday against Dallas.
Todd White also sustained a lower body injury on Tuesday night. He will be out at least a week before being re-evaluated.