Granlund has 'great practice' with Wild, is eager to return

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 11:51 PM

The young center has missed 11 straight games because of a concussion.

 

– Based on Mikael Granlund’s effort and battle level all over the ice at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers on Saturday, the Wild’s second-line center was all but begging to return to the lineup Sunday against the New York Rangers.

Granlund has missed 11 consecutive games and 13 of the past 14 because of a concussion.

He has said he is cobweb-free and showed discernible disappointment Thursday in Pittsburgh when told he couldn’t play against the Penguins.

Still, despite Mike Yeo saying Granlund had another “great practice” Saturday, the Wild coach was not able to declare that he’ll print Granlund’s No. 64 on Sunday’s lineup sheet.

Granlund has been cleared to practice, but Yeo said the clearance for a game has not yet arrived and whether it will by Sunday, “I’m not sure yet.”

The Wild wants to be cautious with Granlund, who has a history of concussions and lasted one shift totaling 29 seconds when he returned to the lineup after two games off Nov. 27 against Phoenix.

Yeo said Granlund will return once he gets the all-clear from athletic therapist Don Fuller in consultation with team doctors.

“We’ll just keep getting him ready,” Yeo said. “Hopefully he’s in [Sunday], but we at least know he’s very close.”

Granlund was not made available to the media and General Manager Chuck Fletcher wouldn’t comment, but Yeo said if Granlund returns, he will likely be reunited on the second line with Nino Niederreiter and Jason Pominville.

“Those guys were so good together,” Yeo said specifically about the Granlund-Pominville chemistry. “I’d like to get right back to that and balance things out a little more.”

But Yeo said he’s more focused on the lines used in Saturday’s practice and if Granlund can play, “it’s a bonus.”

Without Granlund, the Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Pominville line will be reunited. Kyle Brodziak looks like he will center Niederreiter and Dany Heatley, while Charlie Coyle will center Matt Cooke and Justin Fontaine. The fourth line was centered by Zenon Konopka with Erik Haula and Torrey Mitchell as his bookends.

The Wild, the NHL’s second-lowest scoring team at 2.19 goals per game, has scored 22 times in the past 14 games (1.57 a game).

The Wild can’t have a morning skate Sunday because of a women’s basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden, but Yeo plans to meet with several players at the team hotel to tell them it’s beyond time for them to step up offensively.

One will be Brodziak, who has gone 25 games without a goal since Oct. 28.

“He’s playing hard, he’s been more physical, he’s doing his job defensively,” Yeo said. “With where we’re at, we need somebody to jump up and take a little bit more, and he’s a guy that’s capable.”

Brodziak scored a career-high 22 goals two seasons ago. He has two in 37 games this season despite several terrific scoring chances, including many odd-man rushes and point-blank tries.

  • related content

  • Sunday NHL Insider: Pittsburgh's system works

    Saturday December 21, 2013

    Pittsburgh keeps winning despite several injuries.

  • Gameday preview: Wild at New York

    Saturday December 21, 2013

    wild gameday6:30 P.M. at N.Y. RANGERS • MADISON SQUARE GARDEN • FSN, 100.3-FMPreview: Battle between up-and-down teams. The Wild is...

  • Carolina Hurricanes' Nathan Gerbe, right, tries to reach the puck as Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund takes it in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie 3 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 2
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
New Orleans 10/30/14 7:25 PM
Carolina
Dallas 117 FINAL
Orlando 92
New York 80 FINAL
Toronto 83
San Antonio 87 FINAL
Houston 96
Miami 104 FINAL
Memphis 98
Minnesota 113 FINAL
Chicago 112
Phoenix 105 FINAL
Utah 100
Sacramento 64 3rd Qtr 0:15
LA Lakers 76
Denver 53 3rd Qtr
Golden State 65
Portland 54 3rd Qtr
LA Clippers 46
Dallas 3 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Tampa Bay 4 FINAL
Winnipeg 2
Vancouver 3 FINAL
Colorado 7
Carolina 3 3rd Prd 5:24
Edmonton 4
Columbus 1 3rd Prd
Anaheim 3
Connecticut 21 FINAL
(18) East Carolina 31
Miami-Florida 30 FINAL
Virginia Tech 6
So Florida 17 FINAL
Cincinnati 34
Troy 13 FINAL
South Alabama 27
BYU 23 4th Qtr 12:56
Boise State 48
(6) Oregon 31 2nd Qtr 2:01
California 28
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
(2) Florida State 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Louisville
Troy 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
Cincinnati 10/31/14 7:00 PM
Tulane
Tulsa 10/31/14 7:00 PM
Memphis
Purdue 11/1/14 2:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
(17) Oklahoma 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Iowa State
Oklahoma State 11/1/14 2:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
(10) TCU 11/1/14 2:00 AM
(22) West Virginia
Texas 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Texas Tech
Northwestern 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Iowa
Maryland 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Penn State
Houston 1 FINAL
Chicago 2
Montreal 23 FINAL
Ottawa 17
Saskatchewan 27 14:26
Calgary 15
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Hamilton 10/31/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Toronto 11/2/14 11:00 AM
Montreal

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who wins and loses in football this weekend?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close