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After 10-game absence, Scandella back for Wild

Winnipeg Jets v Minnesota Wild

ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 15: Marco Scandella #6 of the Minnesota Wild skates after the puck against Winnipeg Jets during the game on October 15, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Minnesota will have defensive reinforcements tonight, when it tries to shut down high-flying Jets rookie Patrik Laine.

Marco Scandella, one of the club’s top blueliners, will draw back in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 27 -- a 10-game absence. He’s been out since suffering an ankle injury against Buffalo.

“I’ve been skating for about 10 days now, I feel really good,” Scandella said, per the Star-Tribune. “It’s a divisional game, so really excited about it.”

Scandella, 26, has missed significant time this year, so his numbers are a tad skewed. He only has one assist through seven games and is averaging just 16:22 TOI per night -- all well down from his career-year in ’14-15, when he scored 11 goals and 23 points (while averaging nearly 22 minutes per game).

It appears as though Mike Reilly and Nate Prosser will be the odd d-men out with Scandella’s return.