Coach Willie Desjardins said Edler was being re-evaluated, so he didn't have an update on how long he might be out. But he didn't expect Edler to play against the Wild, who can catch the Canucks and move into a Stanley Cup Playoff berth with a regulation win in Vancouver and a loss by the Calgary Flames.
Ending Minnesota's 8-0-1 run since the All-Star break, which includes two wins already this month against the Canucks, won't be easy without Edler. The 6-foot-3 Swede often plays against opponents' best forwards on the top pairing, and is on the No. 1 power-play and penalty-kill units. He leads the defense with 17 points and the team in ice time at 24:10, almost three minutes more than anyone else.
"He's the full package and he plays a lot of important minutes for us," said Dan Hamhuis, who replaces Edler on a top pair with Christopher Tanev. "Alex is a huge part of the defense. He's logged the most minutes of anyone. He plays in all situations. He's having a great year. It's going to be a big hole, but we have been used to that this year."