Second-line center Charlie Coyle will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained knee the Wild announced tonight. The injury occurred with 8:54 left in the second period Saturday against Anaheim when Coyle was checked in the neutral zone by the Ducks' Andrew Cogliano.

This is a huge blow for Coyle and the 0-0-2 Wild. Coyle won the second-line center position early in an outstanding training camp one in which he scored three goals in five exhibition games.

"It's not an ideal situation but I'm fortunate it's nothing worse than it is" Coyle said. "I'm going to keep a positive mindset and I'm looking forward to recovering and doing everything I can to be healthy again."

In response to the Coyle injury one week after Jason Zucker was the final cut in training camp the 2010 second-round pick was recalled from AHL Iowa before even playing his first game.

Zucker the speedster left wing scored four goals in 20 games last season and an overtime winner in the playoffs.