News: Granlund is ill and will not play Saturday against the Predators, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Although the immediate reaction might be: "Mumps!" - that's not the case here. Granlund fell victim to the stomach ailment that has claimed four other victims in the Minnesota locker room. He'll have a few days to recover before the Wild's next game Tuesday against the Flyers. Justin Fontaine will replace Granlund in the lineup.
News: Cooke (hip) was activated from injured reserve Saturday and will suit up against the Predators, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Stat Tribune reports.
Impact: He'll replace Justin Fontaine in the lineup, joining Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter on the Wild's third line. Cooke last played on Oct. 28 before missing the last 22 games with a hip flexor.
News: Kuemper will man the net Saturday against the Predators, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: A stomach virus kept Kuemper unavailable for the Wild's past two games, but he returned to practice Friday refreshed and ready to go. His grip on the starting job seemed to be slipping a bit prior to his illness, so he could surely benefit from a credible outing Saturday against the Predators. Unfortunately, with Pekka Rinne looking across at him in the opposite net, getting the win might be too much to ask for from Kuemper.