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Niklas Backstrom’s injury isn’t a short-term problem

Mar 2, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Niklas Backstrom

As previously reported, Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom left Thursday’s game with what seemed like a serious leg injury. Since then, we’ve gotten more bad news as Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has revealed that it’s not a short-term injury.

The full extent of Backstrom’s injury hasn’t been disclosed yet. However, it looks like if the Minnesota Wild want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they’ll have to find a way to win games without their top goaltender or their team captain and best forward, Mikko Koivu (shoulder). They also have to adjust quickly, as the Wild are scheduled to play in four games over the next seven days. The only silver lining in all of this is that backup netminder Josh Harding has been great this season, although he has started in just two games since the beginning of February.

  1. govtminion - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    I clicked in here from another article wondering which Nicklas Backstrom was being discussed… looks like we won’t be seeing either one for quite a while now. :(

  2. jrod691 - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Now I need espn to get their act together Backstrom as out so he can join the other Backstroke on my IR.

    Anyone know a good fantasy hockey site that actually keeps up with what’s going on?

    • jrod691 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      I apologize for this incoherent babble. My account was hacked….

      Not really, just not used to auto-correct yet and I refuse to proofread anything I write within 1 hour of waking up.

  3. JB (the original) - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Star Tribune reports a pulled groin. Out 2-4 weeks, leaning to the high side; so, season might be done.

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