Mikael Granlund C MIN 4 Days

Mikael Granlund will make his NHL playoff debut Thursday night versus Colorado.

He missed the last six games of the regular season with a head injury, but he's ready to return for Game 1 of the postseason. Granlund had eight goals and 41 points in 63 games this year.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 5 Days

Mikael Granlund (head) said he "felt really good" after Tuesday's practice.

He's expected to be available to play in Thursday's postseason opener in Colorado. Granlund will reclaim his second-line spot between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville, which will bump Erik Haula to the fourth unit.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 6 Days

Mikael Granlund (head) is likely to be back in the Minnesota lineup when the Wild faces the Colorado Avalanche in the teams' first round of the NHL playoffs this week.

It would be the playoff debut for Granlund, a key Minnesota player who has been out since early April with a head injury. Granlund would center veteran Matt Moulson, who had 13 points in 20 games since being acquired from Buffalo on March 5, and another ex-Sabre, Jason Pominville, who led the Wild in points this season with 30 goals and 30 assists.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 9 Days

Mikael Granlund (head) returned to practice Saturday.

"This was a good first step," coach Mike Yeo said. "The next step will be a matter of him getting into some contact drills and the battle part of our practices." That could happen as early as next week.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 9 Days

Mikael Granlund is progressing from an upper-body injury and will accelerate his workouts with a view of being ready for the start of the playoffs.

He really impressed coach Mike Yeo and seems to be closing in on a return. Of course, he will not play Sunday against Nashville and although he is looking much healthier, Yeo did indicate they will "be smart" about Granlund's return.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 10 Days

Mikael Granlund (upper body) hasn't been on the ice since he was injured on Mar. 31 against Los Angeles.

Coach Mike Yeo spoke with Granlund on Thursday and said "it's really encouraging just how good he felt," so that's a positive sign. Still, it's unclear when he'll be ready to resume skating, so his status for the start of the playoffs is questionable.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 15 Days

There is no further update on the status of Mikael Granlund.

He is still dealing with an upper-body injury that kept him out of Saturday night's game against the Penguins and Thursday's contest against the Blackhawks. Consider him day-to-day.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 18 Days

Mikael Granlund (upper body) won't play Thursday and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.

Coach Mike Yeo would only say that there's no timetable until Granlund gets assessed fully by the team doctors. His head appeared to make contact with the shoulder of Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll on Monday night and Granlund's past history with concussions makes the injury a concern. He has already missed a chunk of games this season with concussion issues.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 20 Days

Mikael Granlund sustained an upper-body injury in Monday's win over Los Angeles.

He left late in the second period after checking Kings center Jarret Stoll. Granlund had one assist in 10:54 of ice time before he was forced to exit. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 30 Days

Mikael Granlund's line featuring Zach Parise and Jason Pominville has been red hot the last 15 games.

The trio has accounted for 16 goals and 42 points over that span and will be counted on heavily going into this weekend's back-to-back games against Detroit. If you have any of the three on your fantasy team, make sure he is active.