As the Wild’s gear was being loaded onto a truck Tuesday morning in preparation for a three-game road trip, one locker at Xcel Energy Center still held its neatly stacked equipment. Matt Cullen, who incurred a lower-body injury in Monday’s loss to St. Louis, will miss at least the California portion of a trip that begins Wednesday.

The center was hurt when he fell awkwardly late in the second period of the 4-1 loss. He sat out the third period and will not play Wednesday at San Jose nor Thursday at Los Angeles. Coach Mike Yeo said Cullen does not appear to be seriously injured, but he doesn’t want to take chances with a player as important as his second-line center.

With Cullen out, the Wild recalled center Johan Larsson from Houston. Most of the team chose to skip Tuesday’s optional practice and rest up for the five-day road trip.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up,’’ said Yeo, who added that it’s possible Cullen could join the team in Columbus on Sunday. “Obviously, we’re hopeful he’s back very quickly. Having said that, somebody’s going to get an opportunity to step up.’’

Larsson, 20, has 15 goals and 22 assists in 62 games with Houston this season. He is the Aeros’ third-leading scorer and made his NHL debut against Detroit on Feb. 17.