Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Cullen could play Monday in Calgary

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wild news, Wild practice Updated: April 14, 2013 - 2:51 PM

 There weren't too many folks on the ice for Sunday's optional skate at Xcel Energy Center.

Goalies Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper with a handful of skaters -- Nate Prosser, Justin Falk, Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker, Brett Clark.

As they took turns taking shots on goal at one end of the rink, Matt Cullen was at the other, working very hard on battle drills with assistant coach Darby Hendrickson. Cullen was on the ice long before anyone else. And when he came off, he had good news.

"We're getting to the point in the season where you have to be in there," said Cullen, who has missed six games with a lower body injury. "So it was a good day to push it a little bit, see how it feels in the morning, how everything is going. But it was definitely a good day. And it's definitely getting better."

Cullen is going on the trip with the Wild, which plays its next three on the road. And coach Mike Yeo said there was a chance Cullen could be in the lineup Monday night in Calgary.

"He looked really good," said Yeo, who didn't skate Sunday but did make sure to look in on Cullen. "He looked good today. We'll see how it is tomorrow."

Yeo indicated that should Cullen be ready, he'd be inclined to reunite Cullen with Devin Setoguchi, considering how well the two clicked before. The question would be who would be the third man on that line. Yeo said it would be either Jason Zucker or Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

 

Here are some other items from today:

--Russo blogged earlier that there would be no supplemental discipline from the NHL for his hit on Artem Anisimov early in the game with Columbus. Coyle said he wasn't surprised, that he thought it was a clean hit and that he wasn't trying to hurt anyone. But he disappoint his family, who came a long way to watch him play all of 17 seconds. The good news? His family was also around to watch the Wild game Thursday. Plus, Coyle said his two nephews enjoyed watching him fight Brandon Dubinsky Saturday.

--Yeo said center Zenon Konopka, who was wearing a cast on what is believed to be a broken foot, would not be out an extended period. "I don't think it will be a long time," Yeo said. Konopka did not fly with the team to Calgary, but Yeo said there was a chance Konopka could join them on the road trip should he heal sufficiently.

That's it. Have a good afternoon. 

 

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