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Wild’s Pominville (head) out for Game 1 vs. ‘Hawks

Apr 30, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Newly acquired forward Jason Pominville #29 of the Minnesota Wild skates during warm-up prior to the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
(April 3, 2013 - Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Turns out Minnesota won’t have its big trade deadline acquisition to start the playoffs.

On Tuesday, Wild head coach Mike Yeo said Jason Pominville wasn’t “quite ready” to get back into the lineup, meaning he’d be out for Game 1 of Minnesota’s Western Conference quarterfinal against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Yesterday, Pominville returned to practice for the first time since taking a Dustin Brown elbow to the head on Apr. 23. The hit left the 30-year-old injured and forced him to miss Minnesota’s final two games of the regular season.

Following yesterday’s skate, Yeo said Pominville “looked good” and speculation was he’d be in the lineup tonight.

The Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo reports Zenon Konopka will draw in instead, but it’s unclear who’ll take Pominville’s spot on the Pierre-Marc Bouchard-Kyle Brodziak line.

Prior to getting hurt, Pominville had 4G-5A-9PTS in 10 games with Minnesota, averaging 17:31 TOI per game.

  1. ashtongronholz8 - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Ouch. It’d be nice to have him back especially for great of chemistry that line was having but sounds like this is a 1 game absence

  2. getadealdonealready - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    That is a big blow to the Wild’s already small chances for success. The part I have trouble with is Dustin Brown will be playing in game 1 for the Kings. I don’t know the answer but when you have a blatant cheap shot like his, it doesn’t seem fair that Brown returns to the ice before Pominville.

  3. purpleguy - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Geez, we’re even more screwed than before — hope Backy stands on his head tonight. Oh, and screw Brown and the Kings.

    • chicagobtech - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Backstrom won’t have the chance – he hurt himself in warmups and is out. Harding is in the net tonight.

  4. in1chuck1we1trust - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    crawks just caught a huge break

  5. rgledz - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Ya chuckwetrust….that would have been the difference maker. Nice call.

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