After three games in four nights, and two of those contests on the road, the Wild was back at Xcel Energy Center for a short afternoon skate.
Mikko Koivu and Clayton Stoner were the only two players missing from practice. Head Coach Mike Yeo said Koivu had a maintenance day and will be fine for tomorrow’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Stoner had an upper body tweak against the Nashville Predators yesterday, but finished the game. Yeo thinks he will be ready for tomorrow, but the defenseman was still getting checked out to be sure. If Stoner is unable to play, the Wild will have to recall and emergency defenseman.
After taking a skate to the face against the Preds, Kyle Brodziak practiced with a visor. Yeo talked about how durable Brodziak has been this season, and whenever he thought the centerman might have suffered any kind of an injury, he’d be skating on his next shift. See the Wild TV video of Yeo after today’s practice, here.
Not only is Brodziak tough, but he’s dedicated, too, because his face was puffed up from swelling. With only two games remaining, he still put in the time at practice. If I’d have taken a blade to the face, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be getting a Lighthouse post from me today.
We also spoke with Justin Falk about how important the last few games have been for the development of a younger player. See the Wild TV interview with Falk, here.
In prospect news, Colton Jobke was assigned to the Houston Aeros yesterday. The blue liner will add some depth to the Aeros, currently making a push for the Calder Cup playoffs. Check in with the rest of Minnesota’s prospects with today’s Wild.com Prospect Report, here.