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Double Trouble: Wild Injured and Away From Home

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Patrick Marleau #12 and Manny Malhotra #27 of the San Jose Sharks and Martin Havlat #14 of the Minnesota Wild go for the puck at HP Pavilion on October 10, 2009 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Nick MaxsonCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2009

The Minnesota Wild have had injury problems in recent years and it seems that this season may be no different.

Both Cal Clutterbuck and Petr Sykora were injured in last week's game against San Jose.

Clutterbuck appeared to twist his ankle after hitting a rut in the ice and has been in a ankle brace since leaving the game in the first period. He was officially placed on the injured reserve list today by Minnesota.

Clutterbuck appears to have ankle sprain according to Wild GM Chuck Fletcher in an announcement on Wild.com "We'll have our doctors take a look, but it will be longer than a few days.

Sykora's situation seems to be minor with a groin injury. He did not practice Monday at Honda Center in Anaheim and is doubtful in Wednesday's game against the Ducks.

It is unclear when both Clutterbuck or Sykora would return to the line-up

In the midst of loosing two forwards, Minnesota called-up Andy Hilbert and Nathan Smith from the minors to play in Wednesday's tilt against the Ducks.

In four games thus far with Houston, Hilbert has notched a goal and two assists. Smith, also a center, has two assists in four games.

Minnesota may call-up more forwards tomorrow from Houston, but will wait till tomorrow due to what Chuck Fletcher says is a salary cap issue.

Even in the minors, the Wild are beat up and bruised.

Colton Gillies, who played in much of the last half of the season last year, sat out all weekend with Houston with a broken nose.

Back at home, the status of Pierre-Marc Bouchard has not been updated, although Fletcher did mention that Bouchard did undergo tests this week and the results are expected shortly.

With all the bad news, some good news did come out of St. Paul today. Derek Boogaard has returned to skating and has been skating hard.

Head Coach Todd Richards said that his return date is unknown, and that it is going to be a day-to-day decision, but the team is excited for Boogaard to return to the ice.

"The guys enjoy having him around, and he lightened up the mood a little bit out there on the ice", he told Wild.com.

The other blow to this team besides the injury problems is tha Minnesota will not see much home ice in the near future.

Minnesota will have three more road games against Anaheim, Vancouver and Edmonton before returning home to face Colorado on Wednesday Oct. 21 for one game.

Minnesota will play 10 of their next 16 games on the road, and the Wild are winless on the road so far this season.

The Wild will not have a long homestand until the middle of November when the Wild will play four games against the Islanders, Avalanche, Bruins and Coyotes.

 

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