Goaltender Devan Dubnyk rejoined the Wild Monday for practice at TRIA Rink, but the team still didn’t have both of its netminders on the ice.
Backup Alex Stalock was absent to attend the funeral of his paternal grandfather.
One of the Wild’s emergency goalies, Tino Vasquez, filled in for a second straight practice, as he was also with the group Saturday during its outdoor session in St. Louis Park while Dubnyk was on the mend from a stomach bug.
“I asked if I could skate on Saturday,” Dubnyk said Monday. “Obviously didn’t make a whole ton of sense. So it was nice the way the schedule worked to get a bit of a break to fully recover. The stomach part only lasted a day and a bit. Bt obviously you go through that [and] you don’t eat for 24 hours, and it takes time to recover. But I’ve felt good for the past couple days.”
Dubnyk isn’t expecting any lingering effects when the Wild resumes action Tuesday to host the Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center.
“I’ve been able to get a lot of fluid and food in me the last couple day,” he said. “I feel 100 percent now.”
Based on how the team practiced Monday, it looks like the Wild could roll out the same lines it used to rally against the Jets 4-2 in its last game Friday.
The Wild skated:
Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker-Eric Staal-Mikael Granlund
Jordan Greenway-Joel Eriksson Ek-Marcus Foligno
Nino Niederreiter-Eric Fehr-J.T. Brown
Whether or not any momentum from that win, which is certainly among the most impressive of the season, carries over into the team’s next test Tuesday remains to be seen.
“I don’t know,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’ll see. I’d like to think there’s not going to be a letdown. I think it was a good thing. We had a couple days off because emotional games usually if you follow the next night, you can’t build that same emotion. So it’s our job to build it back up this week.”