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Granlund expected back for Wild

Apr 16, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on February 1, 2013 in Anaheim, California.
(January 31, 2013 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

It’s hard to tell who is exactly 100 per cent healthy at this time of year, but the Minnesota Wild could get good news with the status of Mikael Granlund.

According to The Associated Press, Granlund will likely return to the Wild’s lineup, although nothing has been made official as of yet. Like we would expect anything different in the lead up to a playoff game.

“Obviously we want to get him in the lineup,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo said, as per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The 22-year-old Granlund, in his sophomore season with the Wild, hasn’t played since March 31 because of a head injury.

The Wild take on the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs. This best-of-seven series begins on Thursday.

Roster uncertainty also surrounds the Avalanche, as they await to get their top scorer, Matt Duchene, back from a knee injury, although it’s expected he’ll miss the first two games of the series.

  1. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Where’s all the Wild fans and trolls to comment on this? It’s great news for us Wild fans! Granny back means more scoring and depth hopefully! Nothing promised in the playoffs but I’m PUMPED!! Here’s to hoping the Wild pull it off in 6!! CHEERS BOYS!! *GO WILD!!*

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      6 would be nice, but I’m thinking Wild in 7.

      • jaythehelmetguy - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        2003 repeat much?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Yeah but this time with a team that’s not here by fluke.

  2. purpleguy - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Hope he’s not too rusty, but the team’s success unfortunately rests with Bryz. Looks like almost everyone is picking the Avs, but I kinda like the underdog role.

  3. hardkor07mn - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    This guy has been a great asset to the Wild this year. Great to have him back in the lineup. GO WILD!!!!

    • clarke16 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Yes–great to see Granny back in there…but many prove unaware of just how much his good fortune of being paired up with Pominville has meant to his game. As we’ve seen with Haula and others this year and something Vanek well knows from his Buffalo days–virtually ANYBODY paired up with Pommer starts to have good things happen. He’s the best all-around player on that team and the biggest score of Fletcher’s career.

  4. strictlythedanks - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Grandolf knows whatsup

  5. clarke16 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Wild lines in practice today:
    FORWARD LINES
    Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle
    Matt Moulson-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville
    Matt Cooke-Kyle Brodziak-Nino Niederreiter
    Stephane Veilleux-Erik Haula-Cody McCormick

    DEFENSE PAIRINGS
    Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
    Marco Scandella-Jonas Brodin
    Clayton Stoner-Nate Prosser

    Big thumbs up here with what Yeo has done with the forward lines. MUCH better depth lineup than they had last season at this time and this could be the ticket to the forechecking intensity the Wild will need to keep the puck in the offensive zone and start to rattle the Av’s young D…

    The Wild easily could win this series. It’ll all come down to Breezy…

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