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Things are much better for Kirill Kaprizov

Minnesota Wild fans can breathe again, as star forward Kirill Kaprizov will be back in roster for Friday’s game in all likelihood.

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This is what the head instructor Dean Evason said, who will play the Russian “unless something unforeseen”. After training on Wednesday, he felt he had “seen enough” of his best scorer.

“It looked good. He might have been out of breath at times, ”he said.

The Wild will have an optional session on Thursday, which will allow Kaprizov to regain his feeling after sustaining an upper body injury last week. The 24-year-old hockey player received a questionable body check from Boston Bruins’ Trent Frederic and missed the third period of the game last Thursday.

Asked if he was surprised that Kaprizov could return to the game so quickly, Evason replied in the negative. “It’s made solid. He’s in great shape. The guys are all. The athletes are in such good shape now that they can recover quickly from these kinds of injuries. ”

Despite the 24-year-old’s absence, the Wild defeated the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Sports site The Athletic also reports that Kaprizov allegedly obtained a false positive result on a COVID-19 test and that this should not prevent him from facing the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Evason could also count on the returns to the game of Jordan Greenway, Brandon Duhaime and Alex Goligoski, who should all have left the protocol relating to the coronavirus of the National Hockey League.

Eventually, center Joel Eriksson Ek returned to training on Tuesday, nearly a month after sustaining an upper-body injury.

Happy signing an expensive five-year contract, with an annual salary of $ 9 million, Kaprizov continued his momentum from his first season by amassing 40 points in 32 games in 2021-2022.