Wild activate C Demitra from injured reserve

Updated: December 9, 2006, 4:44 PM ET
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have gone to a shootout in each of their last three games. They are hoping the return of Pavol Demitra can help them resolve things in regulation.

The Wild, who have won two straight following a four-game skid, activated Demitra from injured reserve Saturday.

Acquired from Los Angeles in June, Demitra has missed the last eight games with a concussion. During the center's absence, Minnesota scored just 19 goals while posting a 3-4-1 record, including shootout victories over Chicago and Calgary in the last two contests.

A native of Slovakia, Demitra registered five tallies and 10 assists in 20 games this season. The 32-year-old has netted at least 20 goals each of the last eight campaigns.

Selected in the ninth round of the 1993 draft by Ottawa, the three-time All-Star has recorded 246 goals and 350 assists in 631 career games with the Senators, St. Louis Blues, Kings and Wild.

To make room on the roster, Minnesota assigned right wing Mattias Weinhandl to Houston of the American Hockey League. The 26-year-old Swede notched a goal and an assist in 12 contests with the Wild this season.