The Wild took the ice at Xcel Energy Center for practice today without its ice-time leader.
Ryan Suter didn’t finish the game last night, a 2-0 loss against the St. Louis Blues, and was absent from today’s skate. Speaking to the media after practice, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said, with a smirk, that Suter is considered day-to-day with a ‘body’ injury.
Yeo also updated Matt Cullen’s status to day-to-day, as well. Cullen skated on his own before the Wild’s practice, but Suter took the day off to recuperate.
On the ice, Minneosta’s bench boss shook up the forward lines in the hope to spark the team’s offense.
Charlie Coyle rejoined Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, while Jason Pominville moved to the wing with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Yeo said that he hopes the moves will add more balance throughout the lineup.
Mikael Granlund centered Devin Setoguchi and Zenon Konopka. Torrey Mitchell centered Mike Rupp and Cal Clutterbuck. Yeo said that they will discuss recalling a forward, but we’ll likely have to wait until tomorrow for that news.
With Suter out, Jonas Brodin was paired with Jared Spurgeon. Brett Clark skated with Nate Prosser, while Clayton Stoner was with Tom Gilbert. Justin Falk rotated in with all the pairings.
With the Wild shifting things around, it hopes to reset tomorrow night and regain its March form.
“More than anything, it’s between the ears,” Yeo said. The Wild will have a morning skate to clear the head before a 7 p.m. game at Xcel Energy Center against Columbus.