The Wild is saying that Pierre-Marc Bouchard will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes. So there's your 12th forward.

Bouchard, who's practiced daily since training camp, hasn't played since Opening Night last season due to post-concussion syndrome.

This is big news for a team that's lost four of the past five games. Bouchard is the fourth-leading scorer in team history with 267 points. Bouchard was thought to be close to a return in late October, but after consulting with neurologist James Kelly, Bouchard delayed his return due to pressure in his head,


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