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Updated: February 13th, 2012 3:22pm
Wild recalls defenseman Marco Scandella from Houston

Wild recalls defenseman Marco Scandella from Houston

by Judd Zulgad
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Marco Scandella's stint in Houston has come to an end.

The Minnesota Wild announced Monday that they have recalled the defenseman and left winger Kris Foucault (pronounced FOO-coh) from Houston of the American Hockey League.

The 21-year-old Scandella was expected to be an important part of the Wild this season, but he was sent down in early January after getting only three goals and three assists and being a minus-10 in 37 games.

Scandella, a second-round pick by the Wild in 2008, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a plus-4 rating in nine games with Houston.

Foucault, meanwhile, had 10 goals and 13 assists in 47 games with the Aeros. He was a fourth-round pick of the Wild in 2009 and has never appeared in an NHL game.

Foucault is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday night against Anaheim at Xcel Energy Center if Cal Clutterbuck is unable to play because of a lower body injury.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Clutterbuck is day-to-day because of that injury and it's not expected that he will play on Tuesday.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 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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