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Minnesota Wild defenceman Nick Schultz has an appendectomy

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Wild defenceman Nick Schultz underwent an appendectomy Monday night, two days before they open a playoff series.

The team said the operation was successful and Schultz was resting comfortably at a Twin Cities hospital.

Minnesota opens the Western Conference playoffs Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche. The Wild said Schultz’s status would be updated when the team had more information.

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Schultz played 81 games this season and had two goals and 15 points with a plus-9 rating.