After seven-game absence, Brodin (mumps) back for Wild

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It appears the Western Conference-wide mumps outbreak is slowly fading away.

On Friday, Minnesota Wild blueliner Jonas Brodin said he’d be back in for tonight’s game against Dallas, ending his seven-game absence due to the illness.

“He’s much, much better,” Yeo said of Brodin, per the Star-Tribune. “He looks like a different guy right now.”

Brodin hasn’t played since getting a whopping 27:02 in a 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Nov. 11. The Wild will be keen to get him back — though they’ve gone 5-2 in his absence, Brodin is a key cog on the back end and was second in minutes to Ryan Suter prior to falling ill.