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Struggling Wild might get Cullen back tonight

Apr 15, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

Matt Cullen #7 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates after scoring a goal against goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in NHL action on March 18, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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The Minnesota Wild have lost three straight games and six of their last seven contests. They have just a two-point lead over the ninth place Dallas Stars, so a loss against the Calgary Flames tonight would be a big setback for Minnesota.

Fortunately, they might get a key reinforcement in Matt Cullen, according to the Star Tribune.

The 36-year-old forward was on the ice Sunday and is traveling with the Wild as they begin a three-game road trip tonight in Calgary. He’s been out six consecutive contests with a lower body injury.

“We’re getting to the point in the season where you have to be in there,” said Cullen. “So it was a good day to push it a little bit, see how it feels in the morning, how everything is going. But it was definitely a good day. And it’s definitely getting better.”

Prior to the injury, Cullen was one of the team’s hottest players. He had four goals and 14 points in 15 games last month. He also found some on-ice chemistry with Devin Setoguchi, who has struggled without Cullen.

Wild coach Mike Yeo suggested that Cullen and Setoguchi will likely be reunited if Cullen is healthy enough to return.

  1. valoisvipers - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    The Wild are struggling because Mikko is slumping as he is pointless in April after getting 19 points in March. The Wild go as Mikko goes.

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