Jared Spurgeon Activated Off IR


On Sunday the Minnesota Wild activated defenseman Jared Spurgeon off of injured reserve.

Spurgeon has missed the last eight games for Minnesota after taking a puck to the face in a February 18 game against the Calgary Flames. That happened after Spurgeon played just 1:26 in that game, meaning the Wild have basically been without him for the last nine games.

The Wild have also been without Marco Scandella for four games (or five if you add in the game where he got injured, in which he left during the first period).

One of the more impressive parts of the Wild’s recent success is that they’ve done it with a number of injuries. Over the entire nine-game span the Wild have been without Spurgeon, they’ve gone 8-1-0. Don’t forget that they were without Scandella for five of those, so that’s two of their top four defenders for more than half of that 8-1-0 stretch.

They were also without Jason Zucker, Matt Cooke, Ryan Carter, and Keith Ballard for all of those. Thomas Vanek also missed a game in there, as did Nino Niederreiter.

They also lost Nate Prosser early in the first period of the March 3 game against the Ottawa Senators. So, not only have they been very shorthanded, they were also down to five defenseman in three of those nine games after losing each Spurgeon, Scandella, and Prosser in the first period of a game.

Spurgeon could return for Sunday’s game against the Avalanche. Scandella is not expected to play.

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