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Updated: April 12th, 2013 2:12pm
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is 'day-to-day' after suffering injury

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is 'day-to-day' after suffering injury

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Wild might have lost far more than a game on Thursday night against St. Louis.

Ryan Suter, who did not play in the third period of the 2-0 loss to the Blues, did not practice on Friday and coach Mike Yeo told reporters the Wild's best defenseman is "day-to-day."

Yeo would not reveal any specifics about the injury but there appears to be a chance that Suter will sit out Saturday night when the Wild plays host to Columbus. The Wild has lost six of their past eight games and have been shutout in three of their past four.

Losing Suter for any amount of time would be significant considering how well he has played since getting off to a slow start in this lockout-shortened season. Suter, who signed a 13-year, $98 million free-agent contract with the Wild last July, is third on the team with 29 points and leads the club with 25 assists.

With Suter sitting out, the Wild paired his normal defensive partner, rookie Jonas Brodin, with Jared Spurgeon.

Center Matt Cullen, who has not played since suffering a lower-body injury on April 1, also did not practice again on Friday.

Meanwhile, Yeo reportedly juggled his lines as he looks to give the Wild an offensive spark.

Rookie Charlie Coyle was back skating on the wing on the first line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. Jason Pominville, who had been on the first line since being acquired last week from Buffalo, reportedly was paired with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

The Wild made a roster move as well Friday recalling forward Jason Zucker from Houston of the AHL. Zucker leads the Aeros with 24 goals and is tied for first on the team with 50 points in 55 games. He had five points, including four goals, and was a plus-5 in 14 games with the Wild this season.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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