Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't extremely clear on the extent of defenseman Jonas Brodin's injury after practice at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.
"We won’t know until later on today," Boudreau said, adding he'd probably have a better idea of whether Brodin will be out for the short or long term by Thursday. "He’s meeting with the doctors probably as we speak."
Brodin left the Wild's 6-2 victory Tuesday at the St. Louis Blues about halfway through the second period with an upper-body injury after a hard check. But it's looking unlikely the top-four guy will make a comeback for 7 p.m. Thursday at home against the Arizona Coyotes
"No, I don’t think he’s going to play tomorrow," as Boudreau said.
The coach was also coy about revealing his D-pairs with Brodin out, only saying the top-two pair of Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon would remain intact. But from practice, it looks pretty safe to say that Gustav Olofsson will partner with Matt Dumba while Mike Reilly will slot in with Nate Prosser. I'll have a bigger story on the defense coming up soon.
Besides Brodin, just forward Chris Stewart was absent from practice. Here were the lines:
Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter, Eric Staal, Tyler Ennis
Zach Parise, Matt Cullen, Charlie Coyle
Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek, Daniel Winnik
Sarah will be back on for the game Thursday against her former team. I'll see y'all again next week.