Minnesota Wild lose Kirill Kaprizov to injury

He's the one player they absolutely can't afford to lose



He’s the most important player in their lineup, and they can ill afford to lose him - especially with the Stanley Cup Playoffs on deck.

The Minnesota Wild lost sniper forward Kirill Kaprizov during tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets after Logan Stanley awkwardly fell on top of him. Kaprizov skated gingerly back to the bench and went down the tunnel towards the dressing room.  

He has not returned to action. The good new for Minnesota is that they were able to overcome his absence and take down the host Jets by a 4-2 final score thanks to a vintage performance from veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. 

Needless to say, this would be a massive blow to the Wild if he were seriously hurt. He's tallied 39 goals with 34 assists in the 64 games that he's skated in so far this season. 

According to head coach Dean Evason, there was no update on the Russian star’s condition, and that he will be having a more thorough examination upon the team’s return home. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he was simply shaken up and can be back in the lineup in short order. 

The Wild are next in action on Saturday when they head to the Bay Area to take on the tanking San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. Game time is set for 10:30 PM EST. 

Source: Twitter