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Cooke back for Wild after 31-game absence


The Minnesota Wild are getting healthy at the right time.

Having just returned Jason Zucker (broken collarbone) following an eight-week absence, the Wild will get another key lineup piece back tonight as Matt Cooke (sports hernia) plays for the first time since Feb. 1.

Cooke, who’s missed the last 30 games, had four goals and eight points in 27 contests prior to getting hurt. The 36-year-old should be a welcome addition as the postseason draws near; Cooke is a known playoff performer with over 100 games of experience, capturing a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.

Of course, Cooke is better known as one of the league’s most notorious players -- his questionable hits have landed him a series of suspensions, including a seven-game ban last postseason for kneeing Colorado’s Tyson Barrie in the opening round.