A ‘huge’ loss — Wild place Scandella on IR

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The Minnesota Wild will be without defenseman Marco Scandella for at least the next two games.

Scandella has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury that he suffered Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

The Wild will miss him while he’s gone, for however long that may be.

“He’s a huge part of our defensive group, a huge part of our defensive game, but the execution part of it, his skating ability, his play on the special teams, there’s going to be a lot of opportunity there for somebody else to step in and take advantage of it,” coach Mike Yeo told the Star Tribune.

The Wild have called up defenseman Gustav Olofsson to take Scandella’s spot on the roster.

According to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo, “Yeo didn’t seem overly convincing this will end up being a short-term thing for Scandella.”

The Wild take on the Bruins tonight in Boston.