Granlund will replace Charlie Coyle on the Wild's top power-play unit in Game 6.
Granlund is a more skilled and crafty forward than Coyle and should provide a spark to a Wild power-play that has just two goals on 15 opportunities in this series. Granlund has one goal (OT GWG in Game 3) and two assists through the first five games.
Granlund (head) is expected to return for Game 1 on Thursday.
Granlund missed the final six games of the regular season with a head injury, but he is ready to go in game 1 vs. the Avalanche. Tonight, will mark Granlund's NHL playoff debut. He finished the season with eight goals and 33 assists (41 points) in 63 games. Expect him to centre a line with Jason Pominville and Matt Moulson.
Granlund is out indefinitely with an undisclosed upper body injury.
Granlund suffered what appeared to be a head injury Monday when his face smacked Jarret Stoll's left shoulder during a check along the boards in Monday's victory over the Kings in Los Angeles. Granlund won't play Thursday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. Beyond that, coach Mike Yeo said he could shed little light on Granlund's status.
Mikael Granlund's much-anticipated return to the Wild's lineup will occur tonight against the New York Rangers and he will be reunited on the second line with Nino Niederreiter and Jason Pominville
Granlund has missed 11 straight games and 13 of the past 14. In those 14 games, the Wild has scored 22 goals. It is not easy returning immediately from a concussion. "We'll be realistic with our expectations, but I think there's no better way of getting right back in there than to throw him back into the fire," Yeo said.
Mikael Granlund, who has missed the past nine games and 11 of the past 12 (really 12 in a row because he was lost one shift into his return November 27 against Phoenix, is practicing with the Wild this morning.
Granlund, who has been skating on his own, is skating with extra forwards Justin Fontaine and Mike Rupp, which also indicated that Mike Yeo will return with the same lineup as the Colorado win on Tuesday against the red-hot Vancouver Canucks. Including the Phoenix game that Granlund skated 29 seconds in, the Wild is 5-6-1 without Granlund with 18 goals scored (1.5 goals per game).
I'd still be surprised if Granlund plays in any of the next few games just because of his history of concussions, but at the very least, maybe he'll now come on the upcoming road trip to practice.
Mikael Granlund, who has missed five of the past six games and three in a row with a concussion, will remain on injured reserve and has essentially been shut down.
It sounds like Granlund must have had symptoms working out or after he got on the ice on his own Monday. "We’re going to keep him off right now," coach Mike Yeo said. "He skated the other day and we’re at the point now where lets just take some time off here and make sure we get this right. ... I just know that we’re not making progress, and so what we’re doing right now, we have to take a different approach."
Granlund has been hit hard recently - courtesy of Nazem Kadri, Marc Methot, and Connor Murphy. Hopefully the time to recover will allow Granlund to get his game back. Brodziak may get more opportunity because of the Granlund injury but you can find better options on the waiver wire.
Granlund (upper-body) is on the ice taking line rushes, expected to return tonight.
Granlund missed the last two games with an upper-body injury but should be back in the lineup tonight and skate with Nino Niederreiter and Jason Pominville. Granlund has two goals and 10 assists as he continues to progress his game in the NHL. The Finnish phenom has more value in keeper leagues, but is still relevant in deep one-year leagues.
Granlund (upper-body) is not expected to play tonight.
Granlund did not skate on Sunday or this morning after missing Saturday's contest with the Jets. The Finnish centre has two goals and 10 assists in 23 games. Mike Rupp will make his season debut tonight with Granlund out.
The Wild has recalled forwards Jake Dowell, Mikael Granlund and Stephane Veilleux from Houston of the AHL.
Granlund collected eight points (2-6=8) in 27 games with Minnesota this season. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound native of Oulu, Fin., recorded 28 points (10-18=28) in 29 games with the Aeros this season and added two points (1-1=2) in five playoff games.
The Minnesota Wild has recalled forward Mikael Granlund from the Houston Aeros, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.
Granlund scored six points (1-5=6) in 19 games with Minnesota this season and registered a goal in his NHL debut vs. Colorado on Jan. 19. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound native of Oulu, Finland has recorded 28 points (10-18=28) in 29 games with the Aeros this season.