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Matt Cullen Injury: Wild Center To Miss Remainder Of Season With Broken Finger

The Minnesota Wild have less-than two weeks remaining on their schedule, and aren't in contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They'll also have to trek on without one of their absolute best players, as The Pioneer Press reports that Matt Cullen is set to miss the rest of the season with a broken finger. He's set to have surgery on Tuesday, and won't be able to play the final seven games of the season.

Cullen was injured blocking a shot in the third period of a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Even if he's healthy in time to play the final game of the season or something along those lines, it wouldn't make sense to risk further injury. They're eliminated from contention and there's no reason to have Cullen out there at all.

Cullen scored 14 goals and had 21 assists in 73 games on the season and should be a factor next season, as he's expected to make a full recovery from the finger injury. He's got one year remaining on his contract with the Wild. Next, the Wild will take on the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

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