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Wild "Increasingly Likely" To Have Granlund Back in Lineup Thursday Night

 
Posted April 15th, 2014 @ 2:58pm

Photo - Jana Chytilova/Freestyle (Getty Images)

By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
@AjKFAN

St. Paul, MN - After missing the final six games of the regular season with an "upper body injury" suffered on March 31st against the Los Angeles Kings, it appears as if the Wild's young star will be ready to lace up his skates when the Stanley Cup Playoffs start on Thursday night.

Tuesday morning at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild's young forward spoke with the media but was careful not to say something that he may not be allowed to disclose quite yet.

Asked if he thought he would be ready to play on Thursday, Granlund cracked a smile and said "Today was a good day again. I felt good there again and we'll know more tomorrow."

A few minutes later, Coach Yeo added to the speculation when he met the media for his final press conference before leaving for Denver.

"It's increasingly likely Granny will be in on Thursday," Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo said Tuesday afternoon. "He wanted to play last game but we wanted to keep him off."

The Wild square off against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night in Denver and Granlund's speed and skill set will be a big key if the Wild hope to steal a game on the road. Granlund's impact on the Wild's final push cannot be discounted.

Granlund broke out during this year's Olympics and in seventeen games played since the Olympic break, has tallied 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists).

The addition of Granlund onto the second line will make an interesting decision for the coaching staff when it comes to how the team will utilize Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.

The Wild and Avalanche face off on Thursday night (4/17) at 8:30pm and can be heard LIVE on 100.3FM KFAN.

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