The Minnesota Wild will again be without two vital cogs when they host San Jose tonight at Xcel, per head coach Mike Yeo:
Jonas Brodin and Erik Haula, following injuries suffered Monday in NYC, won’t play tonight, but are feeling better, Yeo tells KFXN. #mnwild
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) October 30, 2014
Brodin was hurt after getting boarded by Chris Kreider, who was tossed from Monday’s game in New York; Haula was hurt on a headshot from Rangers defenseman John Moore, who was also ejected and later received a five-game suspension.
The losses are significant. Brodin was averaging nearly 24 minutes a night on the Wild blueline — second only to NHL minutes leader Ryan Suter — while Haula is one of the club’s fastest skaters and plays an important depth forward role (averaging 12:15 TOI per game).
Despite those losses, the Wild did well in their first game without the pair on Tuesday in Boston. Minnesota scored three goals in the third period to steal a 4-3 win; defenseman Marco Scandella, who saw his ice time upped to 23:35 without Brodin in the lineup, scored the game-winner with less than six minutes remaining.