Wild Face Avalanche Thursday Night In Play-Off Opener

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 7:13 am

It’s time for Stanley Cup Play-Off hockey for the Minnesota Wild as they face the Central Division Champion Colorado Avalanche Thursday night in game one of a best of seven play-off series.

Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund likely will return to action for the playoffs after missing the last six games of the regular season.

Wild head coach Mike Yeo said after practice Tuesday that Granlund “looks good and feels good” after missing the last two weeks following a concussion in a game against the Los Angeles Kings.
Granlund would return to the second line, between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville. The 22-year-old had a breakout season with eight goals and 33 assists in 63 games.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper practiced with the team Tuesday for the first time since he suffered an upper-body injury in the pregame skate March 31 at Los Angeles, the same day Granlund was hurt. Kuemper would back up Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Wild play at Colorado Thursday evening in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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