The Wild held an optional skate this morning at Xcel before they leave for San Jose this afternoon. Among the participants in the morning skate were goalies Josh Harding and Matt Hackett as well as Justin Falk, Nate Prosser, Clayton Stoner, Zenon Konopka, Kyle Brodziak and Brett Clark.
Harding, who is still on injured reserve due to multiple sclerosis side effects, was taking shots from the skaters.
Afterwards, Yeo and Prosser spoke to the media. The biggest news is that Wild center Matt Cullen will be out at least the next two games with a lower-body injury suffered in Monday’s game against the Blues.
“He is going to be out the next couple games, we don’t anticipate that it is anything serious,” Yeo said about Cullen. “We’re hopeful that’s he’s back very quickly, having said that somebody is going to get an opportunity and a chance to step up.”
There is a possibility that Cullen will be available to play in the Wild’s game on Sunday in Columbus.
Without Cullen, Yeo said that the team’s game doesn’t change, there will be increased ice time and new opportunities and, “people have to rise up to that occasion and take advantage of that opportunity.”
When asked on if the Wild will have an extra forward available for Wednesday’s game, Yeo simply said, “There’s a good chance.”
Prosser on the trade deadline: “We just kind of ignore it and go along business the way we have been. Our locker room has really good chemistry in here. We have to keep going with what we’ve been doing here recently and be ready for San Jose, that’s what our main focus is.”
Apparently Prosser found out around 5 p.m. Saturday that he would be playing. When he found out he was playing forward in place of Torrey Mitchell, he realized he hadn’t played forward since he was a squirt (15-20 years).
“I’ll go out there, keep my legs moving the whole time and try to hit everything,” Prosser said on how he approached playing forward. “I was crawling back to the bench a few times, gasping for air.”
Funny moment in the locker room during media scrum around Prosser. Falk came in and couldn’t get to his locker because Wild audio and PONDcast producer, Kevin Falness, was sitting in it.
“This doesn’t say Fal-NESS,” Falk teased. “It says Falk.”