Just as the Wild were starting to get some of their depth back at forward, they could wind up playing without one of their top contributors again.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard missed his second consecutive day of practice Friday with a lower-body injury sustained during Wednesday's loss to Vancouver. He is questionable for tonight's game against Calgary, but coach Mike Yeo didn't sound optimistic about having the left wing in the lineup.
"We'll see how he is tomorrow," Yeo said. "He felt pretty sore after the game."
If Bouchard can't play, Brad Staubitz would be back in the lineup. He skated on the Wild's fourth line Friday with Warren Peters and Colton Gillies. Minnesota would like to get Cal Clutterbuck playing with Darroll Powe and Kyle Brodziak, but injuries could delay that plan again.
Bouchard missed two games last month after breaking his nose on a hit from behind in Winnipeg, and Mikko Koivu missed three games after Bouchard returned. The Wild also got Devin Setoguchi back from a knee injury on Wednesday after playing without him since Dec. 10.
The Wild likely will have Clayton Stoner back on defense; he skated the past two days after missing two weeks with a strained groin.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard is Wild's latest injury worry
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