While the win was good, the most impressive part was that the Wild were able to gain the victory with just eight forwards in the final frame of the game.

Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter and Marcus Foligno went down injured during the game. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said following the victory that Coyle and Niederreiter likely won’t be playing in the Wild’s home opener on Saturday.

As of Friday morning, it doesn’t look like Foligno will be either. While it has not been announced, as of this writing, the diagnosis is that Foligno has a broken facial bone.

On Saturday, the Wild could potentially be very shorthanded when they take on the Blue Jackets.

Aside from the three injuries in Thursday night’s game, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund are also out with injuries, so Minnesota could play a full game with eight forwards.

But you must be asking what about calling up from the AHL. If they want to they could but they would need to send down Mike Reilly or put Gustav Olofsson on waivers to be able to afford to call up a forward. The other option would be to put players on long-term injured reserve in order to afford to call a forward up. That would mean the players they put on LTIR would have to miss 10 games and 24 days.

So, with all that in mind, it looks like the Wild will be ridiculously shorthanded when Columbus comes to town.