Marc-Andre Fleury has found himself caught between the pipes again, having returned to the ice in training after suffering an injury last week.
But when he will prepare for the wild is still unclear.
While the veteran goaltender is eligible to be activated from injured reserve on Wednesday when the Wild continue their seven-game home stance against Winnipeg, coach Dean Evason said the team has no timeline for when its starting goaltender is ready.
Fleury was injured Nov. 15 in Nashville (upper body injury) and rode Tuesday at Tria Rink in St. Paul after practice.
“Day after day,” Evason said. “He’s on the ice, that’s good. We’ll see when he comes back.”
However, Wilde’s health is improving despite Ryan Hartman not being out of the game due to an upper body injury he suffered on October 30.
Jordan Greenway is scheduled to play against the Jets in what will be his third game of the season.
Following shoulder surgery in the off-season, Greenaway suffered another injury to the same shoulder when he made his first appearance on 20 October. later shoulder disease. Greenway has missed the last six games and 16 games overall.
“He plays an important role in our hockey club,” said Frédéric Gaudreau, who coached Greenway and Matt Baldy at center. “He is such a great player. But he’s also fun off the ice. He’s fun in the locker room. He’s always on the move, always bringing energy and life on and off the ice.”
“So, he’s a big part of our team.”
Adding Greenway to the equation reinforces the Wild experience, as does the decision to keep Alex Goligoski in action.
The veteran quarterback played just his sixth game of the season last Saturday, betting on the same night the Wild honored him for reaching 1,000 games in October. A healthy scratch in 12 of 13 games since riding No. 1000, Goligoski scored the game-winning goal in overtime, allowing the Wild to sweep Carolina 2-1 with a win to end a three-game slump.
“This is obviously the highlight of my year,” Goligoski said. “So, I’m excited right now. I think the team does too.
Evason did not elaborate on how the lineup would change with Greenway’s return and mentioned the possibility of staying with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, but newcomers Calen Addison and Marco Rossi could be on the lookout.
On Tuesday, Goligoski repeated for Addison during the powerplay, with Rossi not participating in the regular line rush. Rossi, who has one assist to his credit, was idle for the second time of the season in the last game, while Addison was not hurt at all.
The Wild – sixth in the Central Division and 11th in the Western Conference – is still trying to move up the standings. But no matter who is on the ice, the Wild have a plan for success, and it was the defensive standoff that took place against the Hurricanes.
Despite trailing for most of the evening, the Wild prevented that deficit from widening and rallied in overtime after Sam Steele equalized late in the third period during promotion to center Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello in the top row.
“We really liked how we played with the pace and speed that we had,” said Evason. “So many teams are so aggressive. We can use this aggressiveness to our advantage. We would like to do this.”
“We can definitely take a lot out of the last two periods of that Carolina game.”
By trying to follow this scenario, the wilds are acquiescing to the pressure that comes when one game potentially determines whether they win or lose.
But perhaps the more times they prevail in this way, the more familiar they will become with the demands.
“I’ve been on teams where you get comfortable doing it, and it doesn’t get easier, it becomes more routine,” Goligoski said. “You seem to be getting better and better at it.”