SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Minnesota Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster is recovering in California after having surgery to repair a broken left leg.
The gruesome injury happened Wednesday night when the Wild played the San Jose Sharks. Foster collided with Sharks rookie Torrey Mitchell and then crashed into the wall in the second period. He had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher and his season is likely over.
It's a big blow for the Wild. Minnesota is just three points ahead of Calgary, Colorado and Vancouver in the tight Northwest Division.
Coach Jacques Lemaire says Foster was playing his best hockey of the season and he's not sure how they'll replace him.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Wild vs. Red Wings Prediction Are the Red Wings a good bet to beat the Wild today at 12:30PM ET when they host Minnesota in one of their final home games?
Thumbnail Blackhawks vs. Panthers Prediction Are the Blackhawks a good bet to beat the Panthers tonight when the two clash at 7:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Stars vs. Sharks Prediction Will the Dallas Stars pull off the upset tonight as a home underdog versus the San Jose Sharks at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Hosts still pushing for playoff spot   Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews snapped a seven-game goalless drought when he potted his 32nd marker of the season Saturday. Can Ontario’s darling carry that...
Thumbnail Laine, visitors aim to extend Minny's skid   A season that started so promisingly for the Wild is spinning out of control down the stretch. Can Bruce Boudreau’s troops find a way to right themselves...

NHL Team Pages