After getting clearance to return to action yesterday, Marco Scandella was reassigned to the Houston Aeros on Sunday. Scandella missed 13 games with a concussion and now will be able to get back into game action at the AHL level.
Scandella’s departure leaves the Wild with six defensemen. The Wild also has the minimum number of forwards available with Cody Almond replacing the injured Mikko Koivu in the lineup.
Niklas Backstrom will get the start in goal today.
And one more reminder for today’s 11:30 a.m. game against the Wings, there will be a Wild Better Halves Mystery Puck sale during today’s game. For $20, you get a puck autographed by a Wild player, and some pucks will come with a bonus ticket that will be good for other autographed items like jerseys, sticks, etc. The proceeds will benefit the Angel Foundation and there will also be a dollar match from the Wild Foundation.