That yellow speck is Marek Zidlicky. He's wearing a non-contact jersey, but the good news is he's wearing a jersey.
Zidlicky, who's been out since Dec. 29 with a shoulder injury, is practicing today. The Wild's most dynamic offensive defenseman appears to be getting closer. Obviously he'll need some practices , but if I had to guess, he's a week away -- maybe Tuesday againstr Vancouver.
Can't imagine he's playing back-to-back this weekend, and if you play him next Tuesday, that gives him today's practice, Thursday's practice, Monday's practice (they're off Sunday) and a couple morning skates.
Just a guess. Maybe we'll have more info after practice.
Also, Peter Forsberg, whose last NHL goal was against the Wild in the 2008 playoffs, is up in the air to return tomorrow. Forsberg is signed but is waiting to sign his visa papers. As of now, that has not been done. Maybe they'll be an update later in the day, but the Avs are not practicing today.
Remember, the Wild tried to sign Forsberg in 2008, but he chose to return to Colorado. He was OK in that first-round series, but let's be honest: the Wild lost that series and blew a 2-1 series lead solely because of Jose Theodore.
More later, but Matt Cullen is practicing for the second practice in a row and Jared Spurgeon is back in practice after not playing Saturday or practicing Sunday.