Injuries could wind up derailing the Minnesota Wild playoff hopes in 2018.
As the Minnesota Wild finished up their game on Saturday, a 4-1 loss to Dallas, their main concern should have been the health of their veteran defenseman Ryan Suter. Suter left the game in the second period with an apparent right leg injury.
We do not know the extent of the injury but from what we hear, Suter was unable to put any weight on his right leg and the players in the locker room after the game were trying to understand how the iron man himself went down.
This team has been through a number of injuries already this season but losing Ryan Suter for any length of time would be a serious blow to this team’s chances of competing for a Stanley Cup. Suter is a constant for this team. He is never hurt, heck, he never seems to flinch. He leads the NHL in ice time again this season at 26:54 minutes per game and that will be nearly impossible to replace.
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Taking away a player like Suter from this team means almost certain doom for the hopes of a deep playoff run, they just don’t have anyone who can replace what Suter does on a nightly basis. Even if the Wild could possibly find someone capable of filling in, there are only a hand full of games left in the regular season and trying to become acclimated to a new situation like the one the Wild currently find themselves in, this close to the playoffs is just too much for even the most optimistic fan to hope for.