The excitement of Matt Cullen’s 1,000th game tonight that will come against the San Jose Sharks in Brent Burns’ return was tempered today. Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher shared the news with the media today that Pierre-Marc Bouchard is dealing with concussion symptoms and is out of the lineup. Fletcher also said that Jarod Palmer is also dealing with concussion symptoms, but is working his way back.
“The symptoms right now are nowhere near as severe as what they were two seasons ago,” said Fletcher.
Bouchard’s injury was originally termed a “lower body injury,” and Fletcher said that Bouchard did sustain a groin pull as well. But the team wanted him to get home and be officially diagnosed before revealing the concussion news.
“We wanted him to come back and take a few days and see our doctor before we officially used the concussion word,” said Fletcher. “It seems to be a scary term right now. But he’s feeling better than he has with previous head injuries, but it certainly is a source of concern.”
David McIntyre, who was recalled yesterday, is expected to get into the lineup tonight. One forward will come out, but that will be a gametime decision.
Josh Harding is expected to get the start.
As for Cullen, who will likely play alongside Casey Wellman and Cal Clutterbuck, he’ll skate in his 1,000th NHL game tonight. Cullen will be the first player from Minnesota to reach the feat while wearing a Wild sweater. Cullen will be honored by the Wild in a pregame ceremony on January 21, which will be a fitting event on Hockey Day Minnesota.
Finally, Brent Burns returns to Xcel Energy Center for the first time since he was traded in June for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first round draft pick that turned into Zack Phillips. Martin Havlat and James Sheppard, who were also dealt to the Sharks in the offseason, are both out of the lineup with injuries.