Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Wild's Pominville back for playoffs?
By Doug McIntyre
UPDATE: Forward Jason Pominville will not suit up for the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. Apparently he didn't "feel well" when he woke up Tuesday.
*** UPDATE: According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, all signs point to winger Jason Pominville returning to the Minnesota Wild lineup for Game 1 versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Although Wild coach Mike Yeo wouldn't confirm as much, teammate Kyle Brodziak tossed out a pretty revealing hint on Monday.
"A guy like Pommer, he can play all over the ice, D-zone, O-zone," Brodziak said. "He's pretty much the complete package. We're very happy to have him back in the lineup."
Pominville took part in Monday's practice -- on his usual line with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brodziak -- and traveled with the club to Chicago.
Once Pominville is back in action, Cal Clutterbuck is expected to drop to the Wild's fourth line (joining Mike Rupp and Torrey Mitchell).
If the Minnesota Wild manage to win one of their last two games and qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs, there's a chance that they could have injured forward Jason Pominville back for at least some of the postseason.
Pominville, who has boosted the club's offense since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline, will miss Friday's game against the Edmonton Oilers after Dustin Brown elbowed him in the head during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Pominville's status for Saturday's regular season-ending tilt against the Colorado Avalanche is unclear, but Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune believes that the Wild -- who aren't saying that Pominville is injury a concussion -- are being cautious with a player who's had head injuries in the past.
"Pominville says he’s just OK," Russo writes, "and the Wild will obviously play it safe."