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Russo: Bouchard has broken nose, cut lip

  • Blog Post by: Michael Russo
  • December 14, 2011 - 2:53 PM

20th update of the day: Marek Zidlicky indeed returns, Nate Prosser reassigned

UPDATE: Per league source: No Supplemental Discipline for Bogosian. Player Safety Dept. feels that Bogosian did not run at Bouchard and that Bouchard turned just prior to the hit.

UPDATE WITH BOUCHARD QUOTES:

 

Morning from Xcel Energy Center, where the Blackhawks skated and the Wild didn't. Remember, early 6:30 p.m. puck drop tonight because the game is on Versus. The game is sold out, but there are single seats and some standing room tickets left.

I will be on Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Sirius at 3:30 p.m. CT and I'll be on NHL Live on NHL Network at 5:35 p.m. CT from the handy arena cam at the X. I'll be the one in the penalty box staring at the bottom of the scoreboard.

Also, I will hosting a live chat on startribune.com at noon CT Thursday.

--Pierre-Marc Bouchard is in the house, rode the bike and skated. I'm no doc, but broken nose is a guarantee, and coach Mike Yeo pretty much confirmed that ("nose is smashed up"). Also has a cut lip. Still, depending on how he feels, he's a game-time decision. Yeo said he wants to make sure Bouchard feels good because of his concussion career.

No word on if Zach Bogosian will face discipline. NHL discipline exec Brendan Shanahan is traveling today, so I hope to hear soon if he's seen the incident. Yeo felt Bogosian's hands were high and needed to be in a lot more control, but "we're not screaming bloody murder" that he needs to be suspended.

Bouchard didn't know if he was going to play. My guess is no because Marek Zidlicky expects that he's back in and Mike Yeo indicated Zidlicky would play especially if Bouchard couldn't.

Bouchard said his nose and lip are sore and he's heading to the doctors to take a CT scan.

As for concussion symptoms: “I had a pretty big shot on the nose, and with all the sinuses, my body doesn’t feel 100 percent. I lost a lot of blood last night. But I don’t have many big symptoms that tell me my head’s not fine.”

--Matt Cullen is doing his sticks like he'll return from illness. He's skating and will be a gametime decision.

--Marek Zidlicky, who's missed 13 games with a concussion, is working his sticks like he's returning. If he's in, I'd think Clayton Stoner, who has seen dwindling ice time, could be scratched, although Yeo talked highly of Stoner -- especially the way he stood up for Greg Zanon last night. But Yeo said Zidlicky is a gametime decision and they could use him on the PP point if Bouchard doesn't play.

If Zidlicky plays though, not a lot of options. Yeo will have to make a tough decision.

"He says he's ready," Yeo said. "I feel like everybody's playing well. That's the tricky thing about it. Zid's a guy we have to get into the lineup. We have to get his game going. I felt like he was starting to come along before he got hurt."

--Yeo talked about Guillaume Latendresse and basically said he's a gametime decision depending on how he thinks he feels after playing last night. He only played 11 minutes, but Yeo said the Wild has to get his game caught up with the Wild's system. His puck support wasn't good last night. He has a tendency, and this was before he got hurt, too, to leave the zone way too quickly on breakouts and he gives the defensemen little options. He stretches too far and Yeo wants him to be closer to the D.

"We don't know what our lineup is yet to be honest with you," Yeo said.

-- The plan is to come back with Nik Backstrom unless he says he's too tired. He hasn't been at the rink. If he says he is too tired, Matt Hackett will start. Josh Harding will not dress tonight.

--Yeo is excited to play in front of a soldout crowd tonight. Laughing: "I'm getting tired to listening to people boo Dany Heatley. ... It's just like, why not? Boo Dany. He broke the glass in the morning, so they're upset about that. Something usually interesting happens when he arrives in Canada."

-- Yeo accused MTS Centre of pumping noise into the building, saying they're not the only ones. With a big laugh, "Nobody is cheering, and the whole place is like, 'Rahhhhhhhhh.' It was a little excessive."

-- Also, Brett Bulmer was cut from Canada's world junior selection camp this morning, but technically, he could still make the team if there's an injury.

Talk to you tonight.

 

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