The Minnesota Wild have won three of their last four contests, and could receive a boost at forward with Charlie Coyle set to return from an injury that has kept him sidelined since October 5. He was slated to be a top-six forward heading into the year for the Wild, and his physical presence makes Minnesota even stronger up front.
Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star Tribune reported on Coyle’s improved condition earlier this afternoon:
Charlie Coyle, who has missed 11 games with a sprained MCL, is expected to return Friday against the Montreal Canadiens, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said this morning.
Russo also noted the line combinations that coach Mike Yeo was using in practice this morning, and Coyle was seeing considerable time alongside Zach Parise. If that combination sticks for even a game or two it could be an outstanding opportunity for Coyle to cement his place in the Wild’s lineup.
Yeo is just digging for chemistry and combos that work, so if Coyle and Parise can click, then it’s likely that they’ll stick for a while. Parise is one of the better shooters in the game to be sure, but he also has a great nose for the net. Coyle plays a similar game, and is a developing power forward for the Wild.
It may take the former first-round pick a few games to get his legs under him, but once he does, Coyle will provide the kind of abrasive spark that is’s missed at times so far this season.