Kirill Kaprizov leaves game against Winnipeg Jets early after awkward fall with Logan Stanley
Minnesota Wild winger Kirill Kaprizov left Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets early with a possible injury.
Wild head coach Dean Evason had no update on Kaprizov after the game, but said they may learn more about the injury tomorrow after a medical.
Kaprizov left the game midway through the third period after Jets defenseman Logan Stanley fell on top of him, and Kaprizov’s legs split awkwardly as he landed on the ice.
He had 14:50 of ice time and an assist on what would be Ryan Hartman’s game-winning goal in the Wild’s 4-2 win over the Jets.
Kaprizov is having another fantastic season, with 39 goals, 35 assists and 74 points in 65 games this year. It’s not quite on pace to eclipse its career high in points from last season, but it’s tied for sixth in goals and 16th in points in the league.
Matt Boldy appeared to replace Kaprizov on that front row along with Hartman and Mats Zuccarello for the rest of the game. Boldy’s scoring pace is down from his rookie season, but he set career highs for his totals with 17 goals, 25 assists and 42 points in 64 games.
Sam Steel and Brandon Duhaime were healthy scratches for the game, so one of them would likely be drawn into the lineup if Kaprizov’s injury caused him to miss games.
A fifth-round pick for the Wild in 2015, Kaprizov spent six seasons in the KHL before finally playing in the NHL with the Wild in 2020-21. He’s in the second year of a five-year contract with a $9 million cap, which he signed after a dynamic rookie season for the Wild that won him the Calder Trophy.
It could be a big loss for the Wild, who are battling for favorable Central Division positioning heading into the playoffs. They’re tied with the Dallas Stars for first place in the division at 37-21-7, with tonight’s win over the Jets also giving them a six-point lead over fourth place and one Wildcard spots in the Western Conference.