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Johnsson skates, Sifers recalled; Gametime decisions for lineup vs. Nashville; Scandella, Hackett in, Cuma out of Canada camp

  • Blog Post by: Michael Russo
  • December 2, 2009 - 1:52 PM

Russo Radio tonight at 6 on KSTP.

Good morning from the X, where the Nashville Predators are currently skating.

The Wild's skate just completed, and for the first time since Oct. 24, the Wild will have two healthy scratches tonight.

Which players? That's yet to be determined because defenseman Kim Johnsson -- an even thinner, paler version than normal -- skated for the first time since Saturday. Johnsson's gotten rid of the flu, and he'll skate in warmups to determine if he can play tonight. If he can't, both John Scott and recalled Jaime Sifers can play. If he can play, I'm thinking Sifers will play and Scott will be scratched.

Up front, the Wild will also have to make a decision. It'll likely be James Sheppard or Derek Boogaard sitting.

Talked to Josh Harding. He did take a shot to the collarbone, and then it deflected up and hit him in the throat yesterday. There was initial panic because he was having trouble breathing, but he feels fine now other than a stinger.

Team Canada's world junior selection camp has been announced. Wild prospects Marco Scandella and Matt Hackett were invited, but 2008 first-round pick Tyler Cuma was not invited. Cuma, who missed most of last season due to a knee injury, has had a tough start to this year. He was supposed to be suspended two games because he got a second misconduct of the season in the last five minutes. The Ottawa 67s somehow didn't have this communicated to them or understand the rule, so the 67s played him in the next game -- according to Wild assistant GM Tommy Thompson. So, the OHL punished Cuma by suspending him four games in late October. Cuma also had a pretty nasty injury that has been rectified.

Wild's had a lot of bad karma with their prospects this season. Cody Almond had the knee injury, then a broken wrist. Scandella had a bad injury. Colton Gillies has been ravaged with injuries. And of course, you've got Nick Leddy out at the U with a broken jaw.

Talk to you tonight.

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