Wild right wing Jason Pominville, who missed the first three games of the postseason and final two games of the regular season, has just taken the ice for today's optional practice.

Don't get your hopes up yet that he is returning for Game 4.

1) He has practiced once since being injured April 23.

2) Even though he looked great in practice, he woke up on the morning of Game 1 and didn't feel right.

In other news, the Wild has recalled forward Carson McMillan and defenseman Matt Dumba from AHL Houston and are practicing today. They join Stephane Veilleux, Mikael Granlund and Jake Dowell, who were recalled yesterday. Again, this doesn't mean they're in the lineup. It means Houston's been eliminated and the Wild can start having so-called "Black Aces" around.

The Blackhawks have eight. That's how Mike Rupp's career began 10 years ago, incidentally. Got in for Jersey and wound up scoring the Cup-clinching goal against Chuck Fletcher's Ducks.

Also, the time of Thursday's Game 5 will be set tomorrow by the NHL.

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