Marcus Foligno returns to ice for Wild ahead of two game road trip

Marcus Foligno returns to Wild practice ahead of trip to Arizona

Minnesota Wild forward Marcus Forward was back on the ice in nearly a month for the Wild Wednesday morning in St. Paul. Foligno missed time from a lower body injury on Feb. 9.

Foligno is questionable to play as the Wild hit the road for two games starting in Arizona on Thursday. Foligno will travel with the team. He told KSTP he will participate in a morning skate Thursday and see how he feels. The Wild will play the Coyotes at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Wild vs. Coyotes Preview:

The Minnesota Wild visit the Arizona Coyotes after Kirill Kaprizov recorded a hat trick in the Wild’s 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Arizona is 25-32-5 overall and 8-9-3 against the Central Division. The Coyotes rank third in the league serving 11.9 penalty minutes per game.

Minnesota has gone 29-27-6 overall with a 5-11-0 record in Central Division games. The Wild have a 7-9-4 record in one-goal games.

The teams meet Thursday for the third time this season. The Wild won the last matchup 3-1. Kaprizov scored three goals in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Lawson Crouse has scored 20 goals with 13 assists for the Coyotes. Dylan Guenther has four goals and four assists over the last 10 games.

Kaprizov has 29 goals and 37 assists for the Wild. Joel Eriksson Ek has scored five goals and added eight assists over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Coyotes: 2-7-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.5 assists, 3.9 penalties and 9.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.9 goals per game.

Wild: 5-4-1, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.7 assists, 4.3 penalties and 9.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.

INJURIES: Coyotes: Jason Zucker: day to day (trade-related), Travis Boyd: out for season (pectoral), Clayton Keller: day to day (upper body).

Wild: Jared Spurgeon: out for season (hip/back), Sam Hentges: out (undisclosed), Pat Maroon: out (back).