Revenge on Edmonton's Hall for his cheap hit may have to wait
Cal Clutterbuck will miss his fifth consecutive game Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers. Any Wild fan who expects to see Zenon Konopka exact revenge on Taylor Hall for sidelining Clutterbuck with a kneeing major 10 days ago that warranted a two-game suspension probably shouldn't get their hopes up. First, the young Edmonton Oilers star sustained a hamstring injury Friday night in St. Louis, and although he hopes to play Sunday, his status still was uncertain Saturday. Second, Konopka has been scratched in four of the past six games, so there's no guarantee he even plays. Third, and most importantly, Konopka has been in 97 NHL fights. Hall has been in one -- against Konopka's good buddy, Columbus' Derek Dorsett -- and Hall sprained an ankle in that bout. Hall, who coincidently is the same player who broke defenseman Jonas Brodin's clavicle in the minors in November, won't be looking at the Wild's bench during the national anthems wondering whom he's going to fight. He's not typically cast as a villain but is used to having a target on his back simply because of his obvious talent. "I honestly don't know what to expect," Hall told the Edmonton Journal. "They do play a pretty tough game, and they have a lot of guys who play with grit. I imagine ... I wouldn't say I'd be targeted, but I'd be hit a couple of times. That's acceptable. I don't see myself having to fight. I don't really feel like fighting anyways."
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