Marco Scandella returned to Wild practice Friday, but it’s not like there was a royal rumble on the ice to test the veteran defenseman's high ankle sprain. The practice was optional, there was no hitting and coach Bruce Boudreau was back in his office, presumably polishing his one-liners.

Chris Miller here subbing for Russo (veteran's day off) with little to report the day after a 1-0 victory (Devan Dubnyk shutout) over the Bruins. Patrick Reusse, who can be cranky on the subject of hockey, was proved correct Thursday: His long-held belief about the puck is that two teams grind and sweat and gut out 59 minutes, then the winning goal goes in off someone's rear end.  Thursday's winner from Mikael Granlund in the final minute went in off an enemy skate, but you get the idea.

The Wild plays host to Colorado on Saturday as the seven-games-in-10-days fiesta continues.

Scandella is not eligible to return from injury reserve until Wednesday's home game against Winnipeg. Meantime, folks are pretty high on the Wild's second defensive pair of Christian Folin and Jonas Brodin, who were excellent (Russo would say ginormous) in Thursday's blanking of the Bs. Folin hopped in after Boston's David Backes (or is it Spring Lake Park's David Backes? I always get confused) hit Nino Niederreiter from behind and gave Backes the combination face scrub/noogie/stern talking-to.

"Something I had to do, and something Nino would have done for me," said Folin.

Wild still fourth in the Central with 19 points, one behind Winnipeg (which has three games in hand) and two behind Da Blues (two games in hand). The mighty Blackhawks have 24 points.

Boudreau on the team's scoring drought (one goal in the past two home games): "We could have had four or five {Thursday], and we didn’t so we’re not doing that right now. If we stay the course I think we’ll start to score three goals plus again, but if you can keep up the defensive work, you’re going to be above the grade."

On Folin: "He’s a big body, makes simple plays, but doesn’t make mistakes. He competes. That’s what you’re going to get out of him. Those guys are hard to play against. Very unassuming, you wouldn’t know it. He got our police hat last night. As well as Dubnyk played, and Granny scores the winner, people recognize solid defensive play, let alone jumping in for his teammate and all that stuff."

On the next couple of weeks: "Colorado and Dallas and Winnipeg and St. Louis and Pittsburgh, throw them in there, but four of the next five are divisional games. If you want to make hay when the sun shines, these are the times you have to bear down and be successful."

I'm making hay. Tomorrow's print story is more about Folin and Brodin. Gotta get out of here before the snow is hip deep.  Russo will be back Saturday and is always available on the Twitter.