Minnesota Wild Place Kevin Fiala On IR, Recall Kaapo Kahkonen

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Kevin Fiala #22 of the Minnesota Wild skates the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the Bell Centre on October 17, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The injury bug continues to pile up for the Minnesota Wild as the team placed Kevin Fiala on IR with a lower-body injury.

Kevin Fiala On IR, Kaapo Kahkonen Recalled

The Wild considered Fiala day-to-day as he was dealing with a lower-body injury. However, having already missed the game against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night, he will miss two more games. That means he will miss the games against the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings. It has been a disappointing start to the season for Fiala. Through seven games, he recorded one assist posting a minus -4 rating.

With Fiala on IR, the Wild recalled goalie Kaapo Kahkonen to backup Alex Stalock. Earlier in the day, the Wild announced that Devan Dubnyk will miss Thursday’s game and is considered day-to-day with an undisclosed injury after landing hard in the team’s victory over the Oilers on Tuesday night. In four games with the Iowa Wild, Kahkonen has a 2.95 goals-against average and .886 save percentage and is tied for first in wins.

What Lies Ahead

The Wild’s next moves will all depend on the health of Jordan Greenway. Greenway left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. If Greenway is forced to miss time along with Fiala the Wild may have to promote another player from the minors before Thursday’s game in Nashville. The Wild will be getting some good news for once as forward Mats Zuccarello returned to the lineup after being activated from IR.

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing about the NHL for Last Word on Hockey. His work includes writing about the New Jersey Devils as well as NHL Notebooks for the Metro and Central Division. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey. As one coach put it "he is the student of the game." When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim coaches a local high school team in New Jersey. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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