Saturday, December 22, 2018
Dumba to Have Surgery
The Minnesota Wild received some bad news this week, as one of their key players on the blueline will now require surgery on an upper-body injury and it will keep him out long-term. Matt Dumba received the news in the latter part of the week after getting a second opinion on his undisclosed upper-body injury, which he reportedly suffered in a fight against Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.
The Wild are holding their cards close to the vest on this injury, but they have said that it will keep him out for a significant time.
Even still today, after missing this week's worth of action, he still leads all NHL defensemen in goals scored with 12, but ranks 15th among all blueliners in points with 22 in 32 games played. This is certainly a big part of the Minnesota offense coming out of the lineup, due to injury, and something they may struggle to replace.
Ryan's team had climbed up to 6th place at the time we first reported the injury last Sunday, but his team has dropped a spot, down to 7th, since his team has struggled to find a lot of points this week, only 12 heading into Saturday's action. We can't put that all on Dumba, of course, but it certainly doesn't help being without him. Ryan's team starts play on Saturday 18 points out of 3rd place