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Tom Gilbert back on the ice for Wild

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Roster moves, Wild practice Updated: March 22, 2013 - 3:11 PM

 Wild coach Mike Yeo isn’t about to admit to any potential roster moves. But defenseman Tom Gilbert, who missed victories in Vancouver and Detroit with a lower body injury incurred in the team’s victory in Colorado March 16, was on the ice for today’s practice and is ready to go.

“I’m ready to go, ready to play,” Gilbert said. “I have full confidence going into tomorrow.”

Yeo, meanwhile, also said he expected Gilbert to be ready. But, when asked if that meant Gilbert would definitely be in the lineup against San Jose in Saturday’s matinee, Yeo smiled. “One o’clock puck drop,” he said. “Don’t miss it.”


While Gilbert is back, Mike Rupp (lower body) isn’t. Rupp missed practice again Friday.


There was one more encouraging note. Goaltender Josh Harding was at Xcel Energy Center Friday, and he looked good. “I had a brief conversation with him,” Yeo said. “And he was feeling very good. His word, actually, was great. And even just looking at him, I think he looks great. So we’ll talk some more about what the plan is going forward.”


Harding has not played since Feb. 7 while trying to get a handle on treatment for multiple sclerosis.


Meanwhile, Rupp was the only skater to miss practice today, and Yeo had the same lines going that has produced this recent hot streak.


That’s about it for now. Mike will be at tomorrow’s game. 


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