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It appears as though Darcy Kuemper (upper body) will back up Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2 on Saturday night.

Kuemper has been out of action since Mar. 27 with an upper-body injury. He might get a chance to start at some point in Minnesota's first-round series against Colorado.
Apr 19 - 2:10 PM

Dany Heatley is ready to go in the playoffs when he's called upon.

"Just the way the end of the year went, I was scratched in Phoenix and we kind of went on a tear, so it is what it is," he said of his current situation. "I'll stay ready. If I get in, I'll be ready to go." Heatley was a healthy scratch in Game 1 when the Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado on Thursday night. It isn't clear yet if he'll be in the lineup for Game 2 Saturday.
Apr 19 - 11:28 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

The Minnesota Wild are looking to put their blown lead in Game 1 of the first round behind them.

Minnesota had a 4-2 lead over Colorado in the third period, but ended up losing 5-4 in overtime. "You're going to face adversity in the playoffs," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We want to get on a run here and any team that's going to have any kind of success in the playoffs, you're going to face adversity." The first two games of the series are in Colorado, so if Minnesota bounces back on Saturday, then they're in great shape going forward.
Apr 18 - 6:39 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov will get a chance to redeem himself Saturday night in Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs.

Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 31 shots in the overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night, a couple of which should have been stopped. As the Wild have no other healthy choice to start in goal, Bryzgalov will get a chance to show the Wild made a good choice to acquire him in a late trade this season.
Apr 18 - 1:10 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 31 shots in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night.

Bryzgalov allowed five goals in his last game of the regular season and he struggled again. He let in a couple of soft goals and we'll have to wait and see, if Bryzgalov will start the next game for the Wild on Saturday night.
Apr 18 - 3:48 AM

Ryan Suter scored a goal in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Wild defenseman Suter broke a 1-1 tie at 11:05 of the second period on a power-play when he moved in from the blue line and put a screen shot past Semyon Varlamov. Suter logged 31:11 of ice time in the match, which was a game-high total. Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild, while Zach Parise added two helpers in the loss.
Apr 18 - 3:44 AM

Nate Prosser will play in his first NHL playoff game Thursday night.

He played four years at Colorado College before starting his professional career and now he'll face the Avalanche. "I still have some buddies around the Denver area who will be coming tonight," Prosser said. "It's always fun coming back to Colorado. I enjoyed my four years down at CC. Great time, great city."
Source: Denver Post
Apr 17 - 5:27 PM

Mikael Granlund will make his NHL playoff debut Thursday night versus Colorado.

He missed the last six games of the regular season with a head injury, but he's ready to return for Game 1 of the postseason. Granlund had eight goals and 41 points in 63 games this year.
Apr 17 - 12:39 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to be between the pipes for Minnesota in Colorado on Thursday night.

He has a 7-1-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and three shutouts since joining the Wild. Still, you never really know what you're going to get from Bryzgalov and Colorado has some dangerous shooters.
Apr 17 - 12:34 PM

Jacob Dowell has been sent to the AHL Iowa Wild.

Dowell has 17 points and 56 penalty minutes in 54 AHL games this season. The 29-year-old forward is also the veteran of 157 career NHL contests.
Apr 16 - 4:00 PM

Darcy Kuemper (upper body) practiced Tuesday.

"I felt pretty good," said Kuemper after his first practice since March 31. "I didn't feel that rusty. I think I'm definitely close right now. It's never easy to watch, especially this time of year." It's still uncertain who will serve as Ilya Bryzgalov's backup in Game 1 on Thursday night against Colorado. If Kuemper isn't ready then John Curry will dress.
Apr 16 - 10:00 AM

Dany Heatley appears as though he will be a healthy scratch on Thursday when the playoffs begin.

He didn't have a spot among Minnesota's top-four lines at practice on Tuesday. Heatley leads all Wild players in playoff scoring with 57 points in 66 games. He sat a few times down the stretch as well.
Apr 16 - 9:55 AM

Mikael Granlund (head) said he "felt really good" after Tuesday's practice.

He's expected to be available to play in Thursday's postseason opener in Colorado. Granlund will reclaim his second-line spot between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville, which will bump Erik Haula to the fourth unit.
Apr 16 - 9:51 AM

Mikael Granlund (head) is likely to be back in Minnesota's lineup when the Wild open their playoff series against Colorado on Thursday.

It would be the playoff debut for Granlund, a key Minnesota player who has been out since early April with a head injury. Granlund would center veteran Matt Moulson, who had 13 points in 20 games since being acquired from Buffalo on March 5, and another ex-Sabre, Jason Pominville, who led the Wild in points this season with 30 goals and 30 assists.
Apr 15 - 10:58 AM

Jason Pominville tied for 16th in the NHL with 30 goals, led the Wild with 60 points and recorded three points twice in Minnesota's final three regular-season games.

So the team obviously is counting on Pominville to help out in a big way in the first round of the playoffs, when Minnesota faces the Colorado Avalanche. Pominville, 31, often is overshadowed by captain Mikko Koivu and second-leading scorer Zach Parise, but there is no doubt the Wild will be expecting production from Pominville against the Avalanche. "He can do it in so many different ways," NBC analyst Pierre McGuire said. "He’s a 5-on-5 scorer, he’s a power-play threat, both from the top of the circle and also up by the blue line because he’s a great distributor and he can also shoot the wicked one-timer. You put it all together, and he might be the most well-rounded player on their team in terms of being a pure scorer, a really good defensive player and a special teams specialist. There are other guys that are flashier — Koivu, Parise. But Jason Pominville just does his job all the time."
Apr 15 - 10:52 AM


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