Minnesota Wild: Player Watch – Friday 16 Dec 11

D Justin Falk (upper body) missed his ninth game Wednesday. He has been cleared to play but will have difficulty finding his way back into the lineup unless a Wild defenseman either gets hurt or struggles in his play.

C Matt Cullen returned from a one-game illness to score his ninth goal of the season.

C Kyle Brodziak scored his 11th goal of the season, the most on the Wild roster. He also won 16 of 23 faceoffs.

RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard, his nose broken and his lip bloodied and swollen, didn’t play Wednesday night against Chicago. The good news? The Wild’s play-making winger does not appear to have sustained a concussion from his hit by Zach Bogosian in the closing minutes of Tuesday night’s game in Winnipeg. Bouchard said his nose and lip are sore. As for concussion symptoms? “I had a pretty big shot on the nose,” he said. “And with all the sinuses, my body doesn’t feel 100 percent. I lost a lot of blood last night. But I don’t have many big symptoms that tell me my head’s not fine.”

RW Cal Clutterbuck posted his second career two-assist game. He had the primary assist on Mikko Koivu’s goal that sent the game into overtime.

G Josh Harding (whiplash) has been cleared to play, but he was put on injured reserve Wednesday to make room for the Wild to call up Warren Peters from Houston of the AHL. Harding missed his third game Wednesday.

C Mikko Koivu continued his strong play, scoring his eighth goal — and his fourth in five games — late in the third period on a delayed penalty to send the game with Chicago into overtime. Koivu has points in 13 of his last 14 games and leads the team with 28 points (8-20-28).

D Marek Zidlicky returned to action after missing 13 games with a concussion.

LW Guillaume Latendresse’s return was short-lived. He missed 15 games with a concussion before returning to play in Winnipeg on Tuesday — after having practiced with the team just one time — and scoring the Wild’s only goal. But Wednesday against Chicago, Latendresse was lost during the first intermission with what Wild coach Mike Yeo termed post-concussion syndrome. Latendresse logged just 7:03 of ice time and had four hits. On one shift, he checked Nick Leddy hard, then rocked Viktor Stalberg with an open-ice hit near the benches. It’s unclear if that’s when Latendresse was rattled.

D Greg Zanon was a healthy scratch Wednesday. It was the first time in his career that Zanon had been scratched when healthy. He sat because Marek Zidlicky returned from an injury.