By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
UPDATE: Pominville has been ruled out of tonight's game, according to Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:
Yeo rules out Pominville #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) April 30, 2013
Yeo says Pominville not "quite ready." I do hear he was supposed to play but woke up & not feeling well. Missed last 2 games (head) #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) April 30, 2013
Minneapolis, MN - It's been exactly seven days since Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville left the ice under the assistance of the team's trainer. Pominville, the recipient of a cheap-shot elbow from LA Kings forward Dustin Brown, missed the team's final two regular season games with an undisclosed "upper body injury" putting his status for the Wild's first round matchup against Chicago up in the air.
When the team took to the ice Monday morning at Xcel Energy Center before heading to the Windy City, Pominville was indeed present and participating at what appeared to be full speed with his teammates.
"He looked good in practice today," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. "He's a big part of our team in a lot of areas. Obviously the offensive threat that he is, he's a smart player, plays in all situations for us. As much as anything else the experience that he has in the playoffs and his leadership."
Since being traded to the Wild just before the trade deadline on April 3rd, Pominville has netted four goals and chipped in with five assists. It didn't take much for Pominville to jump into the Wild system and start making his presence felt.
Pominville jumped right back into his familiar position on a line with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard Monday morning and hopes to fill that same role Tuesday night versus the Blackhawks.
"It's good to see him back out there," Wild forward Zach Parise said Monday. "That line was playing so well with him, Brodziak and Bouchard before Pommer got hurt. That's what you need, you need every line to be playing well. There's not a year that goes by that you don't see a third line, a fourth line scoring big goals for teams [in the playoffs]. We need all the balance scoring that we can get [against Chicago]."
As it stands now, Pominville remains a game-time decision. The Wild hopped on a plane shortly after practice to head to Chicago where Mike Yeo and his coaching staff will have a tough decision to make regarding Pominville's status. Common knowledge says that if he's healthy enough, he'll be out there. Frankly, if the Wild expect to compete against the league's best team, they will need a guy like Pominville to even out the offensive attack.