The Wild proved it can rebound from a disastrous loss, cleaning up its act to post a 4-2 win over the Golden Knights Thursday at Xcel Energy Center after getting overwhelmed by the Jets 7-2 just three days earlier. But now the team will have to tackle a different kind of adversity, as defenseman Jared Spurgeon will be sidelined two weeks with a groin strain. “It is a big loss,” fellow blue liner Matt Dumba said. “You can't take anything away from that. It's Jared Spurgeon. I think he's one of the most underrated guys in the NHL. I see it on a day-to-day basis how good he is. All of us do. “We have to fill that void. It's all working together and making sure we're focused every game from here on out when we don't have him. And when we do have him, we'll try to incorporate him and get this thing rolling.” Spurgeon, who has missed the past two games, was an anchor on the team’s top pairing next to Ryan Suter. He averaged 25 minutes, 39 seconds of ice time per game, and paced the team in blocked shots (51). Dumba took Spurgeon’s spot on the No.1 unit, and the pairing seemed to complement his strengths. He set up center Eric Staal’s game-winning goal and had a team-high six shots in 26:36 of ice time. Overall, the back end contributed 17 shots on net. “It was good that we were getting lots of looks and lots of shots on net,” Dumba said.
Jared Spurgeon sidelined two weeks with groin strain
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Dec 1