No Taylor Hall tonight for Edmonton
- Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
- March 3, 2013 - 12:33 PM
Taylor Hall did not skate with the Edmonton Oilers this morning and will not play tonight. So all you fans who were waiting for the Wild to gain some measure of revenge for Hall's hit on Cal Clutterbuck Feb. 21 will have to wait for next time.
Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said Hall -- who has a sore hamstring -- was feeling much better, but the team decided not rushing him back was the best decision.
Not that anyone in the Wild dressing room was talking about getting even anyway.
After skating this morning, the Wild talked about winning, not getting a big hit on Hall. "We want to move on, focus on the game," center Kyle Brodziak said. "Just let it be."
Added Mike Rupp: "I'm not commenting necessarily on our situation, but generally you try to play within the rules, try to catch a guy legally. That's what you're looking to do. You can't go into a game like this thinking about that stuff the whole time. There is more at stake than that."
Wild coach Mike Yeo went back to the lines the Wild used in Phoenix, so Zenon Konopka -- along with defenseman Nate Prosser -- are healthy scratches.
Meanwhile, Clutterbuck will miss his fifth game with a thigh contusion, but he is showing some progress. He skated on his own this morning for the first time since the injury. He continues to be listed as day-to-day.
Here are the lines you'll likely see tonight: Mikko Koivu with wingers Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle; Matt Cullen with Jason Zucker and Devin Setoguchi; Mikael Granlund with Dany Heatley and Pierre-Marc Bouchard; Kyle Brodziak with Rupp and Torrey Mitchell.
The defensive pairings should be Ryan Suter with Jonas Brodin, Clayton Stoner with Jared Spurgeon, Justin Falk and Tom Gilbert.
That's about all for now. I'll get back to you after the game.
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