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Dany Heatley skated on the Wild's top power-play unit during Friday's practice.

Heatley had a goal and three points in Game 7 of the Wild's first round series. Although he had a terrible season, it looks like Minnesota is hoping that he'll stay hot.

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Dany Heatley produced a goal and two assists to help Minnesota take Game 7 over the Avalanche.

He played nearly 17 minutes of ice time in the match in his fifth appearance of the postseason. Heatley was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the series, but he came up big in the the Wild's biggest game of the year to date.

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Dany Heatley recorded two assists in Minnesota's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado Saturday night.

It was Heatley's first points of the playoffs. He's declined drastically over the last few years to the point where he recorded just 28 points in 76 games in the regular season. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Wild are unlikely to re-sign him.

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Dany Heatley will draw back into Minnesota's lineup for Game 3.

He was a healthy scratch in the team's previous two games of their first-round series against Colorado. "[Heatley's] played well against these guys this year," coach Mike Yeo said. "Veteran presence, a guy who's got a lot of experience in the playoffs. We're adding a guy who ... has more playoff points than anybody on our team." Yeo also praised Heatley for his professionalism and he's hoping that he has a strong game.

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Dany Heatley is a healthy scratch for the Wild against the Avs in Game 2 of their first-round series.

Heatley also did not play in the first game. The 33-year-old has seen his game drop off significantly in recent years. He tallied just 12 goals and 28 points this season, with 10 of those points coming on the man advantage.

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Dany Heatley is ready to go in the playoffs when he's called upon.

"Just the way the end of the year went, I was scratched in Phoenix and we kind of went on a tear, so it is what it is," he said of his current situation. "I'll stay ready. If I get in, I'll be ready to go." Heatley was a healthy scratch in Game 1 when the Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado on Thursday night. It isn't clear yet if he'll be in the lineup for Game 2 Saturday.

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Dany Heatley appears as though he will be a healthy scratch on Thursday when the playoffs begin.

He didn't have a spot among Minnesota's top-four lines at practice on Tuesday. Heatley leads all Wild players in playoff scoring with 57 points in 66 games. He sat a few times down the stretch as well.

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Dany Heatley will be back in uniform for the Wild on Thursday night.

He has been a healthy scratch for the past two games. Heatley has no goals and two assists in his last 14 matches. He will get back in because Nino Niederreiter is dealing with an upper-body injury.

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Dany Heatley was scratched for a second straight game on Monday night.

Coach Mike Yeo has liked the way Heatley has handled himself, which suggests that he could get back into the lineup soon. "The pregame skate in Phoenix, the assistant coaches really complimented him in how hard he worked in all the extra work he was doing," Yeo ssaid. "[Sunday], real good practice. So he's doing everything that he can right now. That's the key for me, use these practices to build the confidence back up, to get feeling good about yourself, and then that way when you get back in there, you'll be ready to take advantage in it." Heatley has 12 goals and 27 points in 74 games this campaign.

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Don't be surprised if Dany Heatley is a healthy scratch against Phoenix Saturday night.

He has not scored in 14 games and has registered only two assists over that span while posting a terrible minus seven rating. Justin Fontaine will dress against the Coyotes Saturday night and Heatley could very well be the odd man out.