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Coyle takes morning skate, expected to play versus Flames

Nov 5, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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It looks like Charlie Coyle will be back in the Wild’s lineup tonight at home versus the Flames.

From the Star Tribune:

Coyle is not only on the ice during today’s morning skate in preparation for tonight’s game against scrappy Calgary, he’s on regular line rushes with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

Coyle has only appeared in three games this season, as the big 21-year-old has had to deal with a knee sprain. He returned from an 11-game absence Friday versus Montreal, only to re-aggravate his injury, which forced him to miss Sunday’s 4-0 victory over New Jersey.

The Wild have won five of their last six games.

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  1. purpleguy - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    You’ve got to wonder if it might not just be best to let the knee heal rather than re-aggravate it every 2nd game.

    • lordfletcher - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Doctor cleared and said all is mental at this point.

      Let him play if he feels like he can. Our favorite hockey team hasn’t made the playoffs yet folks, every point matters in this division. Have to get in the top 3 and if Colorado never falls from grace, the Wild may be looking at the 4th seed in their division which could put them out of the playoffs / wild card chase.

  2. amityvillefun - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Weymouth cheers for Charlie!

  3. mnwildnstar - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I agree with Purple… a strained knee is so vulnerable, let him rest then rehab & strengthen the knee slowly.

  4. guitarhunterdude - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Let him heal, it’s not as if we desperately need him back right now. The third piece on that Parise-Koivu line is really just a complimentary guy; you can plug Fontaine or Mitchell in there and that line will be almost as effective as it is with Coyle. Parise and Koivu just are effective with anyone we put there, provided that third man goes to the net and isn’t Dany Heatley.

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