Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss at least one month because of a fractured finger.
"He's a good player, so it's a big loss," coach Bruce Boudreau told the Wild website. "But good teams persevere, we don't fold like an accordion. Somebody [else] gets into the lineup and he has to do just as good."
Nate Prosser is the likely replacement. The 30-year-old has played 17 of his 260 NHL games this season.
"You never hope for an injury; it's a bummer that [Brodin] went down," Prosser said. "I just [have to] be ready to go. After last night, we [have to] find out groove again right from the drop of the puck."
Brodin left at 4:52 of the second period during the Wild's 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
Brodin, 23, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 43 games this season. The No. 10 pick of the 2011 NHL Draft has 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) in 306 NHL games, all with the Wild.
"[Prosser] is a hard-working guy who has been doing the same job for two or three years," Boudreau said. "[Brodin] is a power-play guy, a penalty-killing guy and everything else. He is a special guy. But [Prosser] is going to get in there, and whether it's left side, right side or center ice, he's going to do a good job."