Wild recall Zucker, Veilleux from Houston for finale

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Facing a nearly must-win situation in the regular-season finale Saturday night, the Minnesota Wild recalled forwards Jason Zucker and Stephane Veilleux from the Houston Aeros.

Zucker, 21, and Veilleux, 31, will join the team for its final game in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche, where Minnesota faces a scenario in which a win would clinch a playoff berth for the first time in five seasons.

The Wild reassigned forwards Jake Dowell and Carson McMillian to Houston in corresponding moves.

Veilleux was called up earlier this week for Minnesota but was a healthy scratch in one game before being sent back to the Aeros. He had three goals and five assists for Houston this season.

Zucker is back with the Wild for the third time this season. He has four goals and one assist in 19 games with Minnesota after a season at Houston in which he had 24 goals and 26 assists in 55 games.

Dowell, 28, played in two games for the Wild after being called up with Veilleux earlier in the week. McMillan, 24, was called up on April 26 and was a healthy scratch for Friday’s loss against the Edmonton Oilers.

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