It was a wild Friday the 13th in the NHL on Friday night. Even with just five games on the slate, but there were injuries across the league.
Minnesota was dealt three separate issue with three different forwards, two guys out of their top-six, specifically. There is obviously a lot of time left in the season, but they don’t want to give away too many points at any part of the season. Here’s the rundown:
With Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise already on the shelf, the team is missing what amounts to two-thirds of their top two lines. That is significant.
For fantasy purposes, this should mean more minutes for Jason Zucker. As it was, he played nearly 20 minutes in their last game when the Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle injuries occurred, and that would have been the second-highest mark for him last year. I would assume he will play prime minutes for this team at least in the short-term.
Beyond Zucker, Chris Stewart played nearly 17 minutes, which is much higher than anyone should anticipate for him when this team is healthy. As a whole, though, this is just bad news for everyone on Minnesota. From the forwards to the goalie, injuries of this magnitude are tough for any team to overcome, and the Wild are not exceptions. It’s going to be a rough run for them over the next month. Check the waiver wires for Zucker, maybe Stewart or Tyler Ennis for those that are desperate, but it’s not a situation to chase.
So this kind of went underreported from Thursday night, but Tim Heed played the entire game for San Jose on the top power-play unit alongside Brent Burns. Tim Heed? Glad you asked. You can read his Dobber Prospects profile here.
He only played 13:10 in that game against Buffalo, and that included three power plays. Even with that prime slotting, it’s hard for him to be incredibly productive on a game-in, game-out basis. If he can start earning some more five-on-five mi