The Wild are holding out hope that Kirill Kaprizov won’t miss major time after getting boarded during a 3-2 victory Thursday night in Boston. That’s hope, not optimism.
Kaprizov took a dangerous hit from Bruins center Trent Frederic midway through the second period at TD Garden and left the game favoring his right arm. After the game, Wild coach Dean Evason said “it doesn’t look good” for his points leader, but on Friday he knew only that Kaprizov will miss Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals at Xcel Energy Center.
Does that mean Evanson felt better about Kaprizov’s injury a day later?
“No,” he said, “just that he’s out for tomorrow and then we hope for the best, I guess.”
Kaprizov, who leads the Wild with 40 points and is second with 14 goals, was essentially off his feet — tripped by defenseman Matt Grzelcyk — when Frederic pushed him head-first into the boards in the Wild zone. Frederic skated past a free puck to make the hit and was penalized for boarding, one of five penalties he was assessed on Thursday.
Evason characterized Kaprizov’s injury as “upper body” and said the winger was being assessed by medical staff on Friday. The Wild coach was still angry after a short morning practice at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul.
“To reiterate, we didn’t like the hit,” he said. “It was an unnecessary hit on a vulnerable player, and I hope…