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Carson McMillan recalled by the Wild

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild player moves Updated: April 26, 2013 - 9:06 AM

The Wild has recalled checker Carson McMillan from AHL Houston.

We will find out in 90 minutes if McMillan is Mike Rupp insurance or if he's playing regardless. The gritty McMillan, a 2007 seventh-rounder, has 2 goals and 5 points in 15 Wild games over two seasons. This would be his season debut if he plays tonight.

The way it looked yesterday, Jason Pominville was unlikely to play tonight vs. Edmonton. The hope was Rupp would take Pominville's place in the lineup, but when Rupp said after practice that he would have to see how his knee responded this morning, I figured the Wild would need to call up a forward just in case Rupp said after this morning's skate that he couldn't play.

If Rupp says he can play, I'd assume McMillan is out. But again, total guessing. We'll see what the lineup looks like at the skate.

Possible lineup:

Parise-Koivu-Coyle

Clutterbuck-Cullen-Setoguchi

Bouchard-Brodziak-Mitchell

Rupp/McMillan-Konopka-Dowell

Suter-Brodin

Stoner-Spurgeon

Falk-Gilbert

Backstrom

Again, this is assuming Pominville is definitely not playing tonight. The other option even if Rupp plays is McMillan also plays, either for Konopka or Dowell.

Konopka is still playing on a broken foot and left the rink in a walking boot yesterday.

Again, playoff scenarios are on the below blog. One win, the Wild's in. If it wants to at least ensure it avoids Chicago, it must win two because if Detroit beats Dallas on Saturday, the Red Wings would have 56 points. Wild's at 53.

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