In retrospect, it was fitting that veteran defender Alex Goligoski spoke to reporters after Saturday morning’s skating game.
With captain Jared Spurgeon still sidelined with a lower-body injury and star defender Jonas Brodin suddenly out with what sounds like a pretty serious upper-body injury, Goligoski has was asked that it was difficult for Wild to stay positive when the players were literally dropping. flies.
“I don’t think it’s hard to stay positive,” says Gooligoski. “That’s the next man. You can’t focus on what’s happening or who isn’t in the squad. No one will feel sorry for us. The team there will try to take advantage of that. ”
Naturally, Goligoski joined COVID protocol a few hours later, meaning he wasn’t available for Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
So it goes for Wild. They cannot rest late.
This absurd streak of bad luck began last month with the injuries of Spurgeon and top defender Joel Eriksson Ek (above), and continued this month with the injury of Brodin, superstar winger Kirill Kaprizov (above). ), No. 1 goalkeeper Cam Talbot (lower body) and depth winger Nick Bjugstad (upper body). Add to that that Goligoski recently teamed up with wingers Jordan Greenway and Brandon Duhaime on COVID protocol, and Wild must be frustrated, right?
“There’s nothing to be upset about because there’s nothing we can do about it,” coach Dean Evason countered. “If a guy gets hurt, he gets hurt. We talked about it a lot that every team went through. We are going through it. We have to find a way to play our game no matter who is on our squad. ”
That’s easier said than done considering the Wild roster has a handful of players playing underage as recently as last week.
Holes are clearly the most common on the blue line as Matt Dumba is the one to take down the longest remaining defender at the moment. He is joined by veteran defenders Jon Merrill, Dmitry Kulikov and Jordie Benn, the poignant pieces that have signed this season. To fill in the rest of the blue line, Wild turned to young prospect Calen Addison and journey guard Dakota Mermis for the game against the Capitals.
“I always try to play my game and do what I do out there, roleplaying and moving my feet,” Addison said. “I don’t think things really change depending on different situations or games or whatever. I will always come with the same thought. ”
After delivering a dangerous strike that injured Kaprizov, Boston Bruins winger Trent Frederic was acquitted of federation disciplinary action.
That greatly bothered the Wild as they were left to pick up pieces.
“We expected the league to take action against such a hit, but it didn’t happen,” said Evason. “We are completely disappointed. I hope a lot of people who watched it were disappointed. You don’t want to see someone get suspended and lose their livelihood. But that has to be out of our game and it doesn’t matter how hopeful we are. ”
As for Kaprizov, Evason provided no updates, only saying he would not play in Saturday’s match.
ERIKSSON EK SKATES
If there’s any good news coming out of the skating rink on Saturday morning, it’s that Eriksson Ek was there. It was his first time skating with his teammates since injuring his upper body during the December 20 competition with the Dallas Stars.
Evason said: “He was ahead of schedule. “It is not surprising to us that he has trained with the team. A great sign that he is. ”
That said, Eriksson Ek was not available for Saturday’s game. He is expected to train with Wild this week.
https://www.twincities.com/2022/01/08/wild-blue-line-presses-on-without-jared-spurgeon-jonas-brodin-alex-goligoski/ Wild blue line hit without Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin, Alex Gooligoski