Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo spoke to the media prior to tonight’s contest with the San Jose Sharks and shared his thoughts about the team’s acquisition of Jason Pominville.
“Speed, skill, competitiveness and as much as anything else this is a quality person,” Yeo said.
Yeo said that the team is going to try to get the forward into Los Angeles for tomorrow night’s game against the Kings.
“He seems extremely excited to join this group,” Yeo said. “To be a part of what, we think, can be a great year.”
If Pominville is available tomorrow night, Yeo said that he’d be slotted onto the top line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. Tonight, winger Torrey Mitchell will be slotted with Koivu and Parise. The forward is on a three-game point streak and playing in San Jose for the first time since signing with the Wild as a free agent on July 1.
Charlie Coyle will start the game at center, on the third line, likely with Cal Clutterbuck and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Kyle Brodziak will be between Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi. Nate Prosser will skate at forward with Mike Rupp and Zenon Konopka. Defenseman Justin Falk will be back on the blue line and replaces Brett Clark.
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper was recalled today and just arrived at the arena.
The game has a 9:30 p.m. State of Hockey start time. If you’re up late, follow @mnwildLIVE as we’ll be live tweeting the game from the press box at HP Pavilion.