The Wild practiced this morning at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights in preparation for Sunday's 5 p.m. game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard and defenseman Justin Falk missed practice today, but Cal Clutterbuck, who took a stick from a Colorado defenseman just to the right of his right eye, practiced. Clutterbuck said he had to pull himself the other night because he had little peripheral vision. He says he feels a lot better.
With Bouchard sick, the Wild will have to recall at least one forward (just in case), although you can bet that forward would play in place of Bouchard. My gut says the Wild recalls two forwards. First, it would act as insurance if Clutterbuck can't play, but second, the Wild needs some new life in the lineup. That would mean a forward -- likely a fourth-line forward -- comes out.
The Wild hadn't decided which forward or forwards would be recalled as of yet, but with a 5 p.m. game Sunday and the Aeros playing in Hamilton tonight, that decision will have to be made in the next couple hours.
My gut says both Jason Zucker and Johan Larsson get the call, although lately, guys like Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan have played well, too. And we know Charlie Coyle can play up here.
Bouchard, Falk sick, Clutterbuck practices; Wild callup(s) coming
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 16