Rupp faces possible suspension

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2014 - 6:49 AM
hide

St. Louis Blues T.J. Oshie (74) lay on the ice after a hit in the second period.

Photo: Carlos Gonzalez,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Mike Rupp was unlikely to play much — if at all — in the playoffs, but the Wild forward might now be forced to miss the last regular-season game and opening of the playoffs.

In his first game since Feb. 1 and fifth since Dec. 31, the veteran left wing was assessed a match penalty for “attempt to injure” with what appeared to be a left shoulder to the chin of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie in the second period Thursday night.

 

That calls for an automatic suspension, pending review by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

“Obviously Oshie’s out,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Like everybody else this time of year, he’s day-to-day, but certainly a tough hit to take right now.”

Oshie left the game looking dazed and bloodied. Rupp was unavailable for comment.

With the Blues emotional, Wild coach Mike Yeo prudently sat big guns Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter and Jason Pominville for most the third period. Suter, the NHL’s ice-time leader, logged only 11 minutes, 19 seconds. “They’re obviously looking to target those guys,” Yeo said.

Yeo played Rupp and fellow veteran Dany Heatley to give each perhaps their final opportunity to play this regular season. Heatley and Rupp, both in the last year of their contracts, replaced Stephane Veilleux and Justin Fontaine.

Rupp, a tough customer, entered with one fight and one assist in 13 games this season. He admitted beforehand to “a lot of pent-up energy” but said, “I’m not going to go look for anything.”

“I just want to play,” Rupp said before the game. “I think the team’s been playing awesome. We’ve got a great group of guys in here and a nice blend the last few games and really hit stride. I don’t want to shake that up. I just want to come in and do my job.”

Hitchcock began the second period by starting his fourth line. Yeo responded by putting his out. But despite Ryan Reaves and Rupp jawing before the opening draw, there were no fireworks until Rupp’s hit on Oshie 10½ minutes later.

“We didn’t like the hit,” Blues forward Jaden Schwartz said. “He’s such an important part to our team.”

Memorable debut

Defenseman Christian Folin, signed out of UMass-Lowell on March 31, assisted one of Kyle Brodziak’s two goals and was plus-3 in his NHL debut alongside Marco Scandella.

“I just raised my arms and smiled all the way down,” said Folin, who logged 19:26 of ice time as Jared Spurgeon got the night off.

Yeo was “pretty pleased,” saying, “It’s one thing to play your first NHL game in October or December, but to play against the St. Louis Blues at the playoff time of year, it’s impressive. So he showed me something tonight. This kid’s got a bright future.”

Etc.

• Yeo said he talked to center Mikael Granlund (head) on Thursday morning “and it’s really encouraging just how good he felt.” Yeo said there are no plans yet as to when Granlund might skate. He hasn’t been on the ice since being injured March 31 in Los Angeles, so his availability for the start of the playoffs next week is in question.

• Goalie Darcy Kuemper (upper body) is “progressing,” Yeo said; defenseman Keith Ballard (groin) is once again being kept off the ice.

• Defenseman Clayton Stoner (knee) is close to a return, Yeo said. Goalie Josh Harding continues to practice as he tries to return for the playoffs.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Arrieta 2 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: D. Axelrod 7
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 3
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 4
Tampa Bay - LP: K. Yates 4 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: A. Miller 5
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
Cleveland - WP: C. Carrasco 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks 2
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 11 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: B. Chen 5
Texas - LP: R. Mendez 2 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 4
Oakland 3 Bottom 10th Inning
LA Angels 3
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 FINAL
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 FINAL
Green Bay 34
NY Jets 7 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
St. Louis 13 FINAL
Miami 14
Carolina 10 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
New England 13 FINAL
NY Giants 16
Washington 24 FINAL
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 22 FINAL
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 FINAL
Cleveland 33
Denver 27 FINAL
Dallas 3
Minnesota 19 FINAL
Tennessee 3
San Francisco 40 FINAL
Houston 13
Arizona 9 FINAL
San Diego 12
Seattle 31 FINAL
Oakland 41
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 4th Qtr 3:03
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 4th Qtr 9:33
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close