It’s the Minnesota Wild against the Vancouver Canucks in a match-up prior to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, however the Wild could be without one of its top defensemen in Ryan Suter.
Ryan Suter, who got banged up Tuesday in Edmonton, missed his second practice this week Saturday and coach Mike Yeo indicated that he’s questionable to play against the Canucks. Suter, who has been visibly limping ever since the Oilers game and didn’t take part in the Wild’s off-ice workout at its hotel Friday, may not be the one to decide if he plays.
Yeo said if the Wild feels this is an injury that is going to nag him for three weeks, the team will be careful with him and hold him out against the Canucks. It would be a big loss as he’s been one of the team’s best defensemen the past three games.
If Suter doesn’t play (would be his first non-mumps related Wild absence), Christian Folin will draw back into the lineup and be paired with Jonas Brodin.
Suter played more than 29 minutes against the Oilers, and was in the lineup two nights later against the Calgary Flames. That evening, he played just under 24 minutes, which is well below his average per game on the season.
Meanwhile, the Canucks are coming off a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, now losers of 14 straight, on Friday. They finally snapped a scoring slump on home ice, having been shut out in their previous two games at Rogers Arena.
Starting Sunday, the Canucks and Wild will face each other three times in the next 16 days.