Mikael Granlund’s groin injury will keep him on the shelf a little longer than expected.

“I think Granny is going to miss the next four games,” coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after saying he hoped it was a short-term injury. “It’s a day at a time with him.”

That means Granlund will miss Thursday’s road game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the home opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, plus the two-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames next weekend.

That could make it tough for the Wild to field a full lineup moving forward, especially with Zach Parise also not yet at 100 percent. They already were forced to play with 11 forwards and an extra defenseman in the 5-4 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last weekend.
The Wild only have $200,000 in salary cap space, which isn’t isn’t nearly enough to call up another forward from the minors. To do that, the Wild would need to send down a defenseman, presumably Mike Reilly, who wouldn’t need to be put on waivers.

No word yet on how the Wild were planning on approaching the situation, though Boudreau seemed to think the team would roll with an extra defenseman until Parise is ready to return.