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Associated Press, Published January 30 2012

Wild call up trio of forwards from Houston

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Wild have started the unofficial second half of the NHL season by summoning three players from their minor league affiliate.

The Wild recalled forwards Matt Kassian, Jed Ortmeyer and Chad Rau on Monday from the Houston Aeros of the AHL. Kassian and Ortmeyer have each played in six games for the Wild this season. Rau has played in two games. The Eden Prairie native scored the game-winning goal on Jan. 21 against the Dallas Stars.

The Wild entered the All-Star break with three of their top six forwards on injured reserve. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse are out with concussions, and Mikko Koivu is out with a left shoulder injury.

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