Granlund's (groin) rehab has been progressing well, and he could be available Friday against Winnipeg, the Star Tribune reports. Even though head coach Bruce Boudreau said he would be held out until Oct. 24 at the earliest, Grandlund reportedly looked very sharp during Monday's practice and there's a strong chance he'll play either against Winnipeg on Friday or Calgary on Sunday. The 25-year-old hasn't played since opening night and after bursting onto the scene last season with 69 points in 81 games, so look for him to slot back into a top-six role when he returns.
Granlund (groin) skated Saturday morning, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Granlund was expected to miss four games when he was hurt, but it sounds like he's making progress and could return sooner. Still, it's early in his recovery.
Per head coach Bruce Boudreau, Grandlund will probably miss the Wild's next four games due to a groin injury, the Star Tribune reports. While the initial diagnosis on Grandlund's injury indicated that it was not likely to be serious, this new timetable would keep the Finnish pivot sidelined for the next two weeks. Minnesota has an extended break between Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets and its next contest the following Friday in Winnipeg, so there's still a chance that Granlund could be back earlier, but don't count on it.
Granlund apparently played through an (undisclosed injury) in Thursday's road opener against the Red Wings, and he's "probably out" for Saturday's road match with the Hurricanes, Michael Russo of TheAthletic.com reports. This is a major blow for the Wild -- who lost 4-2 in that first game -- as Granlund is a terrific playmaker who's coming off a 2016-17 campaign of posting 26 goals, 43 assists and a plus-23 rating between 81 games. The short-term plan for Minnesota is to deploy Gustav Olofsson, an extra defenseman, up front.
Granlund (ankle) is listed on the preliminary roster for Saturday's exhibition home game against the Avalanche, the Star-Tribune reports. The potent power-play pivot sustained his injury during training in mid-August, after he'd already been recovering from a broken hand. Now that he appears to be healthy, Granlund, who's fresh off a campaign in which he recorded 69 points (26 goals, 43 assists) in 81 games, reportedly will reunite with Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu in the upcoming preseason tilt.
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