Minnesota Wild leading scorer Kirill Kaprizov injured on check by Winnipeg Jets' Logan Stanley

Minnesota Wild star forward Kirill Kaprizov is expected to miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury after 6-7, 228-pound Winnipeg Jets defenseman Logan Stanley landed on top of him.

Stanley had checked Kaprizov during the third period of surging Minnesota's 4-2 victory on Tuesday night, and his full weight came down on the Wild's leading scorer, causing his leg to bend awkwardly.

The 5-10, 202-pound Kaprizov was slow to get up but was able to skate off the ice on his own power. He went to the dressing room and didn't return.

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Kaprizov, who won rookie of the year in 2020-21 and went to the All-Star Game this season and last, leads the Wild with 39 goals and 74 points. He scored a franchise-record 47 goals, 61 assists and 108 points last season.

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He has factored in on about 40% of the goals for the Wild's 25th-ranked offense.


The Wild have earned at least a point in their last 11 games and had tied the Central Division-leading Dallas Stars with 81 points. But the Stars moved two points ahead with a 10-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Minnesota Wild's Kirill Kaprizov injured on check from Logan Stanley