ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Minnesota Wild right winger Marcus Johansson has a broken left arm that will take him out of the team’s playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Johansson was injured in the first period of Game 3 on Thursday as he approached the net and appeared to stumble on the puck with Golden Knights forward William Karlsson in a close chase.
Johansson’s left side crashed into the goal post, dislodging him from the mooring and forcing him out of play. Johansson, 30, in his first season with the Wild, was doubled in pain as he was slowly leaving the mirror.
Coach Dean Evason confirmed the injury on Friday.
“He’s part of our team. Obviously we’re losing his speed factor. A veteran presence. So yeah, we’ll miss him,” said Evason. “But we expect that when we bring people into our roster, they can hopefully provide us with some of the things Jojo provides for us.”
Johansson’s obvious replacement would be Zach Parise, the 36-year-old left winger with 35 career playoff goals who fell out of the roster down the home stretch and was a good scratch in each of the first three games against Vegas. Evason declined to reveal his choice for Game 4 on Saturday night. The Golden Knights lead the best of seven first-round series 2-1 after a 5-2 win in Game 3.
“We will be discussing the different options and hopefully making the right decisions in the future,” Evason said.
Matt Boldy, the 2019 Wild’s first-round pick who skated with the team’s taxi team, could also be considered.
“All of the players who are here and who are available to us are here for a reason. They can play,” said Evason. “We brought them here with the opportunity that if people get hurt or [it’s the right] situation as we play them. “
Parise, who is in his ninth season with the Wild with a 13-year, $ 98 million contract, fell on the left-wing depth graph behind Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala, the two top scorers in the team, with Jordan Greenway and Nick Bonino also playing. integral roles. If Parise plays, Bonino could move to the right wing to take Johansson’s place.
Johansson, who will be a free agent after the season, has six goals and eight assists in 36 games for Minnesota after arriving in a trade that sent center Eric Staal to Buffalo. Johansson has significant center experience but has played mostly on the wing with the Wild.