| Mattias Weinhandl will likely see more ice time with the injury to Pascal Dupuis. The team is not likely to make an immediate call up to Houston. |
The atmosphere around the Xcel Energy Center is certainly upbeat considering the Wild is undefeated through four games, the best start in club history. The team and specifically left wing Pascal Dupuis did receive some bad news on Friday however. Dupuis left the Wild’s 3-2 shootout victory over Washington on Thursday after suffering a knee injury at the end of the first period.
After being re-evaluated on Friday, it was determined that Dupuis suffered a second degree sprain in his left knee. The injury will force him out of the lineup for four to six weeks.
The Wild is not expected to call anyone up from the Houston Aeros at this point. The absence of Dupuis will allow Mattias Weinhandl another opportunity to play after he sat out the last three games as a healthy scratch.
Sheppard Shipped Back To Juniors
James Sheppard, the Wild’s first round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft has recovered from the back injury that sidelined the center at the beginning of training camp. Sheppard practiced with the Wild for the past few days, and on Friday, he was assigned to his junior team, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Sheppard racked up 84 points (30-54=84) in his second season with Cape Breton last year and was selected to the QMJHL All-Star team for the 2005-06 Canadian/Russian challenge. Sheppard is the captain of the Screaming Eagles, who are 6-5-0 through 11 games this season.