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Wild Update: Rolston Still Ailing

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

 Brian Rolston missed his first game as a member of the Wild on Tuesday because of a stomach virus.
Most of the Minnesota Wild found its way back to the sub zero temperatures after bouncing around the country for a week. Brian Rolston found his way to a hospital.

The team’s scoring leader missed his first game in a Wild sweater on Tuesday in Dallas after battling a stomach virus since Monday. Rolston tried to participate in Tuesday’s morning skate and immediately left.

"It’s got to be bad," said Head Coach Jacques Lemaire. "I know Roli. Roli would get back right away if he could. He doesn’t feel good at all."

Upon his return to the Twin Cities, he wasn’t feeling any better on Wednesday, so rather than participating in a vigorous practice, he visited the hospital to undergo tests.

Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn said that Rolston is listed as questionable for Thursday’s home game against Florida. The team will "wait for his symptoms to subside."

Lemaire said the Wild will use Derek Boogaard on Thursday night rather than call up Joel Ward or another player from Houston. Boogaard was a healthy scratch in the last three games.

"He has to get back where he was before," Lemaire said of Boogaard. "He’s not playing good enough to me, so he’s not in the lineup. I talked to him and he knows what he needs to do. So I’m waiting until he does it. He worked harder today, so he’ll get a chance to play."

Foster Returns

Kurtis Foster, who suffered a lower body injury on January 16 and did not travel with the team, participated in a full practice on Wednesday.

"He looks okay," said Lemaire. "It’s always tough to come back. You’re behind a bit with the contact and the quickness of the game, and the intensity you need to have. There’s no doubt he’s behind, but he’s got to work in practice to try and get back in the best shape possible."

Though he’s listed as probable, Lemaire did not think he’d be ready to go against Florida. Lemaire mentioned Saturday’s home game against Carolina as the probable return date.

That, of course, is always subject to change.

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