Brown was suspended two games by NHL Director of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan. Pominville left the ice under his own power, but did not return to the game. As of right now he is classified as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Head Coach Mike Yeo said they’ll see how Pominville is feeling tomorrow when Minnesota faces Edmonton in the Wild’s final home game of the season before making a decision on if he is able to play or not.
Also encouraging to see is that Mike Rupp participated in a full practice today. Rupp has been sidelined with a lower-body injury and has missed the past four games.
“All six foot five inches of him… he’s a big body and a physical presence,” Yeo said on Rupp. “He’s great to have around in the locker room, a guy that’s been a part of winning a lot of hockey games and winning games this time of year.”
Yeo also spoke on how he was proud of the team for rallying around the Pominville injury. The team responded well and were “spot-on in their focus.”
There is the potential for the Wild to clinch a playoff spot before they next play tomorrow night. If the Stars beat Columbus tonight in regulation it will clinch a spot for the Wild.
“My focus is on planning on coming to the rink tomorrow and treating tomorrow as a must-win game,” Yeo said. Although when asked if he will be watching the Dallas/Columbus game tonight, he smiled and said, “Probably.”
“You get pretty upset when you feel it wasn’t a clean hit, and when there’s no call either, it gets the guys fired up,” Parise said. “We handled it the right way. I’m sure people would’ve loved someone to take a run at Brown, but the situation the game was in the other night, we responded right and finished the game hard the way we needed to.”
‘There’s still a lot at stake regardless if Dallas wins, we still need to lock up a good seed,” Parise said on potentially clinching tonight. “More importantly we want to make sure if we are in we are playing the right way and getting good habits. There’s still a lot despite if you’re in [the playoffs], you don’t want to just limp in.”