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Wild woes: Moulson (lower body) unlikely for Game 4

May 8, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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Minnesota will probably be without Matt Moulson for the first time this postseason on Friday night, as he’s unlikely to dress for Game 4 versus Chicago with a lower-body injury.

Head coach Mike Yeo addressed the situation on Thursday, saying Moulson had been dealing with the injury for a while. The 30-year-old winger has been something of a disappointment this postseason, scoring just three points in 10 games, but did register an assist on Erik Haula‘s game-winner in Game 3 and notched two points in the final three games of the Colorado series.

With Moulson out, Matt Cooke‘s return to the lineup is all but inevitable. Cooke is eligible to return from his seven-game suspension for kneeing Tyson Barrie, and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher indicated Cooke will be back in on Friday.

“That’s up to the coaches, but I’m sure he’ll be put right back in the lineup,” Fletcher said, per the Star-Tribune. “He’s one of our top checkers and one of our top penalty killers.

“Certainly against a team like Chicago, his speed, his experience and his ability to help shut down top players, I think, would be most welcome by the coaching staff.”

  1. slickvb82 - May 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Well, we can all see right through this one. Lower body injury my arse. He hasn’t produced in the slightest this postseason and they are doing the ethical thing. Playing off an injury for lack of performance, giving a reason to scratch him and providing him a small positive going into FA this offseason. This postseason has really hurt his chances for a substantial commitment from anyone, let alone the Wild.

    • guitarisgood4u - May 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      He really hasn’t shown much since the first couple games with the Wild.

  2. bigben1513 - May 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Haha yeah right lower body injury this is about the same as Christian Ponders broken rib….just come out and say it Matt Cooke is done with his suspension

  3. homegrowntalentmn - May 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Moulson is still better then velliuex and maybe fontaine. Cooke would of taken fontaines spot. Making me think he might actually be hurt

    • strictlythedanks - May 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Hes definitely better than Heatley, but the difference is heaters playing well right now and moulsons not.

    • wayoffpiste - May 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Better than Fontaine? Are you mad? Fontaine was a stud in game 3.

  4. fightingwild - May 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I don’t know, he probably is injured. Russo has commented several times on his speed & how he has seemed to slow down. That does not negate the fact that when he has been in place he hasn’t scored & he should have. Will give him the benefit of the doubt since I don’t know a great deal about him from the eastern conference.

  5. c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    think its kinda funny you guys think this is BS.

    reading too much into it. he looks injured. ive seen moulson play enough hockey to know he doesnt look right.

    cooke was playing regardless, Halford. you know it.

  6. youngs79 - May 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Even if he wasn’t “injured”, he was going to be a healthy scratch anyway. Cooke was always going to play.

  7. nicofthenorthstar - May 8, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I say stick Cooke in there with Haula and Fontaine. Doesn’t bring the same skill set and changes the dynamic of that line, but I think he would be a good fit there.

  8. purpleguy - May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Well, that at least explains his lack of production. If he can’t skate effectively, he should sit anyhow.

  9. zraskovich - May 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Cooke, Haula, Fontaine….look out! Moulson’s obviously not right. Gonna be a Wild one tomorrow night!!

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