Wild forward Jason Pominville, who missed the last two games of the regular season with a head injury, was back in practice this morning and back on his line with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Coach Mike Yeo didn't say definitively if he will be available for Game 1, ... but he's obviously returning, which will deepen the Wild's lines against a Chicago team that isn't afraid to roll four. "[Pominville] looked good in practice today," said Yeo. "He's a big part of our team in a lot of areas. The offenisve threat that he is, smart player, plays in all situations for us, and as much as anything else, the experience that he has in the playoffs and his leadership, obviously he's a big part of our team." Fourth line has Mike Rupp, Torrey Mitchell and Cal Clutterbuck. Basically, look at yesterday's blog and those projected lines are correct. The defense pairings are different. Marco Scandella, a 2008 second-round pick that has played 89 NHL games, is here and skated with Jared Spurgeon, meaning Scandella will immediately be thrust into the lineup and make his playoff debut. In fact, Ryan Suter is the only D with playoff experience. Scandella has played a lot of minor-league playoff games and is coming off two good ones for Houston. "We've seen Marco play a lot of good games," Yeo said. "The skating ability, the big body, the execution, his best games are very, very good, and that's what we're counting on him to come up and bring."
Pominville likely, Scandella to play for Wild in Game 1
Published On: Apr 29 2013 02:25:18 PM CDT Updated On: Apr 29 2013 02:25:20 PM CDT
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