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Wild Hunting For Healthy Players

Last in the West, the Wild find their new campaign hampered by injuries to key players.

21 year-old Cal Clutterbuck is out for an unknown amount of weeks with an ankle he sprained against the Sharks. Hopefully the examination won't show any ligament damage, which could keep him out of action for 6-8 weeks and could continue to trouble him through the season depending on the severity of the injury. The Wild could have him back for the Bruins game just before Thanksgiving.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard continues to have concussion problems sustained in camp, and the team is still waiting to see the neurologist's results. The team seems to have no intention of hurrying him along, as GM Fletcher has indicated that Bouchard will be given time to rest.

Veteran Peter Skyora's groin is acting up, always a nagging problem. It was hoped that he would be able to play soon, but is day-to-day.

On the up side, Derek Boogaard is skating hard again in practice, but there has been no word on his return as yet. The team as always takes a careful tack when dealing with head injuries like Bourchard and Boogaard's.

Andy Hilbert and Nathan Smith were called up from the Aeros in Houston to replace the depleted forward corps. They are both centers, but Smith can (and has) played on the wing. They have a goal and four assists between them in four games.

The Wild will go into their game Wednesday the 14th in Anaheim hoping that the new additions will help the team net some much-needed points in the Northwest Division. Currently they stand well-last there, with only 2 points on a 1-3 record. Luckily, the season is newly-minted and there are plenty of games to catch up.

If the Wild have dug themsleves too deep a hole already is to be seen, but we all hope them the best against the Ducks and through the rest of the long but exciting season.

- Kevin Horner