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Wild’s Pominville returns to practice (Updated)

Apr 29, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

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Minnesota might be getting its big trade deadline acquisition back in time for the playoffs.

Jason Pominville returned to Wild practice on Monday, his first time back since suffering a head injury on a Dustin Brown elbow last Tuesday.

The former Buffalo captain — traded to Minny on Apr. 3 — missed the final two games of the regular season with what appeared to be a head injury, though the Wild wouldn’t classify the ailment as a concussion.

Pominville was skating with his usual linemates, Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, at Monday’s practice. Prior to getting hurt, the 30-year-old had 4G-5A-9PTS in 10 games with Minnesota, averaging 17:31 TOI per game.

The Wild open their playoff campaign against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Blackhawks in Chicago on Tuesday (8p.m. ET, NBCSN).

UPDATE:

Sounds like Pominville’s likely to play in Game 1, according to head coach Mike Yeo.

“[Pominville] looked good in practice today,” Yeo told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “He’s a big part of our team in a lot of areas.

“The offensive threat that he is, smart player, plays in all situations for us, and as much as anything else, the experience that he has in the playoffs and his leadership, obviously he’s a big part of our team.”

  1. chicagobtech - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Hey Mike, might want to check the time for the game. Tomorrow’s game should be 8PM ET.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      5pm PT. I’m on the West Coast. And still coming to grips with time zones, apparently.

  2. 27xplayoffs - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Still probably not much chance of beating Chicago, but they are much better with him in the lineup. Still can’t believe they dropped to the 8th seed…that sucks.

  3. bdnnbd - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    No one from Minnesota says “Minny.” No one.

    • zetaone - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Except when they say ‘Minnesota’.

      Dat hardcore “Minny-so-tah” accent.

      • zetaone - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Don’t-cha-know

      • e5again - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Actually, no.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      THANK YOU! It’s as bad as when ‘Murikins call Canadians “CanOOcks.” Sheesh.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    bennbd:

    The name ‘Minny’ is simply product of need for inclusion in hockey banter by its users, a habit prevalent in all team sports.

    Using nicknames or diminutives infers familiarity, the sense of being part of the thing, an active participant in the team…wearing the gear, tail-gateing, high-fiving at games is the same thing?

    I played hockey with a bunch of guys from the Minneapolis area at a huge international tournament every easter. They hooked up with us coming to the tournament looking for players to round out their team…our western style game suited theirs so we’d swap-out players.

    They were great guys and great players, fassssst, NHL grade shots rolling in off the wing at speed…crazy about fitness and diet. Hockey nuts, the lot of them!

    They quit coming to the tournament a few years back when Canada included DUI as an indictable offence, warranting need for approval from customs and immigration to enter the country…one of their guys was refused entry, posing a threat to national security playing at a tournament where everyone’s ferried around in buses and cabs?

    To a man these guys lamented the loss of the North Stars, hated Norm Green’s guts, didn’t like the name Wild and heaped scorn on their jerseys! They all wore worn and battered North Stars gear under their equipment. Their game jersey were Stars jerseys…

    When suds were deep, fatties burned and hockey wrongs righted, they called the North Stars Minny? Must be a thing coming from inside the game…

    • e5again - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Still no. I’m pretty sure the four letter network started it.

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