Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov to miss 3-4 weeks with lower-body injury
Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov will miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury. team announced Thursday.
Kaprizov left Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets in the middle of the third period after defenseman Logan Stanley fell on top of him and the forward fell awkwardly. Stanley – all 6ft 7in and 228lbs – actually crushed the much smaller Kaprizov, who struggled to get back on his feet and off the ice.
No penalties were awarded in the game. The Wild held on for a 4-2 win, with Kaprizov providing an assist to Ryan Hartman’s game-winning goal in the second frame.
When asked about the play in his media availability after the gameWild head coach Dean Evason kept his opinion on the sequence to himself.
“I don’t have any thoughts on that,” Evason said through an obvious smirk.
The 25-year-old leads Minnesota in scoring with 39 goals and 35 assists in 65 games. He ends his career-high season with 47 goals and 108 points in just his second year in the NHL. Kaprizov was awarded the Calder Trophy in 2021 as NHL Rookie of the Year with 51 points in 55 games.
The Wild are sure to miss their superstar due to the season’s long streak, who currently sits in first place in the Central Division with the Jets, with a record of 37-21-7 and 81 points. The Colorado Avalanche are just five points behind second in the division with three games to go.