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Wild updates from Sunday's practice

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild practice Updated: April 6, 2014 - 1:22 PM

Just a quick blog from the arena before I have to hustle for my flight to Winnipeg:

1. Full practice today, except Keith Ballard (groin) didn't skate.

2. Likely the same lineup in Winnipeg as last night, so check out those lines on yesterday morning's blog.

3. Ilya Bryzgalov is 5-0-3 with a 1.87 GAA. He'll start in Winnipeg. Will he start against Boston, too, in the second half of a back-to-back on Tuesday?

"We haven't even discuss it," coach Mike Yeo said. "It's a possibility. I dont want to say it's going to happen. I don't know. I haven't gotten to that. Just getting focused for [Winnipeg] right now, and then we'll worry about that afterward."

If Shorewood's John Curry started Tuesday, it would be his first start since Jan. 11, 2010, and the fifth of his career. I'll write more about Curry in Tuesday's paper. He's had a fascinating career.

On what he has seen from Curry, Yeo said, "This is a guy with experience. It's not like he's a young rookie who has never been in a situation like this before. I think our team's been playing strong right now that if he were to be in there that it would give him a chance to have success. But it's a big step going from practice to games, but he's been playing well in practice."

Obviously, the decision will largely depend on the outcome and how the Wild plays in Winnipeg. It's easy to say, 'Just play Bryz, all goalies play back-to-back," but all teams aren't the Wild. This is an organization who's got a goalie injury hex or something, so the Wild may want to treat Bryzgalov's health with kid gloves because if he gets hurt, the Wild's in deep trouble going into the playoffs.

4. Yeo says Darcy Kuemper is feeling a lot better, but there is still no timetable. "I'm not expecting it to be real serious, but I don't know." Yeo also said Mikael Granlund is day-to-day, but "we're not going to rush him back. But at the same time, I haven't been given any reason to believe he won't be ready [for the playoffs." Clayton Stoner (knee) is close to skating.

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