The Minnesota Wild have had a couple forwards jump into larger roles, evolve into more dynamic players that put more points on the scoresheet, and one of those dudes is Marcus Foligno.
While he has always been one of the best defensive forwards in the league—I will not provide the numbers just look them up, I’m right—the scoring has come in waves so far this season. With seven goals and 16 points through 23 games, he’s reached a new level of production.
Well, unfortunately we won’t be seeing Foligno for quite a while.
In the first period of Friday night’s match against the Arizona Coyotes, the established forward took a Jonas Brodin shot off the skate and eventually hobbled down the tunnel, and was not seen again.
While reports came out later that he left the arena in a boot and on crutches, Michael Russo goes further to state that Foligno will be out for at least a few weeks.
Hearing injured winger Marcus Foligno will be sidelined at least a few weeks for the #mnwild. Off to a great first half, he's a point from 200 in his career.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) March 14, 2021
Just one single point away from No. 200 in his career, it’s tough to see him gone out of the lineup.
Speaking of the lineup, it looks like head coach Dean Evason has had to do a little bit of a shuffle and has Foligno’s regular center in Joel Eriksson Ek with Nick Bjugstad and Zach Parise, while the other usual linemate Jordan Greenway has been cemented in the top-six with Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala.
With the Sunday afternoon game going on as I’m typing this, we’ll see how Foligno’s absence works out without Kaprizov scoring a hat trick.