Michael Russo confirmed that the Minnesota Wild have placed Matt Dumba on the IR with a lower-body injury and shifted Mats Zuccarello to the LTIR with an arm injury.
Dumba has been the Wild’s best defenseman this year. He ranks first in Corsi percentage, second in scoring chance percentage, first in high-danger percentage, and fourth in ice-time. Dumba plays across all strengths and gets 61.5% of his starts in the offensive zone. Carson Soucy should move into the top four, joining Jonas Brodin, Jared Spurgeon, and Ryan Suter, helping boost his negative metrics. Dumba will be out at least seven days now that he’s on the IR.
Zuccarello has yet to play this season following arm surgery in December. The NHL CBA notes that Zuccarello must miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days before being eligible to return. The Wild can use his salary to inflate their upper limit of the salary cap to facilitate bringing a replacement to the team.
It’s a busy week for the Wild as they play five games over the next eight days. They sit at +4300 on the Stanley Cup futures list.
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