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Injured WIld defenceman Burns sent back home for rest, treatment

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild defenceman Brent Burns is returning home early from the team’s road trip due to an unspecified upper-body injury that has kept him out of action for the past week.

Burns was hurt in pre-game warmups on Saturday at Phoenix and didn’t dress for Tuesday’s game at San Jose. He’ll miss games at Colorado Thursday and Vancouver Saturday.

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The team sent him back for rest and treatment ahead of the next home game, against Phoenix in a week against.

Burns is considered the Wild’s best blue-liner.

He has three goals and one assist in nine games this season.