Star Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was hurt early in the second period of Thursday's 2-0 loss to the surging St. Louis Blues, and while the nature of the injury a the timeline for his return are still to be determined, what life would look like without Suter is already being contemplated. The picture isn't pretty, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Here's the Wild beat writer's take on the situation:
The blue line has major holes, especially if Suter is sidelined. Justin Falk was on for two goals [Thursday], and played big roles in both. He turned the puck over in the neutral zone 30 seconds before the first goal and couldn’t play a bouncing puck before the second.
But, regardless of the blue-line issues, it all comes down to scoring. There are just too many passengers on this team, guys that are not stepping up at all and contributing.
If Suter can't make an immediate recovery, Russo suggests Falk could take his spot alongside Nate Prosser. Another option would be to call up minor league blueliner Marco Scandella from Minnesota's AHL affiliate in Houston.