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Wild goalie Backstrom (knee) listed as day-to-day

Oct 9, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

Backstrom injury

The Minnesota Wild have updated the status of injured goalie Niklas Backstrom, announcing he’s day-to-day with a knee strain.

Backstrom, lasted just 11:14 against the Nashville Predators during Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss, surrendering two goals on five shots. He sustained the injury when Nashville forward Eric Nystrom crashed into him and seemed to accidentally jam Backstrom’s leg against the post.

That collision forced the Finnish netminder from the contest, forcing backup Josh Harding into action. Harding performed well in relief, stopping 19 of 20 shots.

Harding’s performance was key, because he could be called into duty again.

Minnesota plays next at home against the Jets on Thursday, then again at Xcel on Saturday vs. Dallas. After that, the Wild embark on a four-game road trip through Buffalo, Toronto, Tampa Bay and Florida that will see them play four games in six nights.

It’ll be interesting to see how Backstrom recovers from this latest injury. The Wild took a gamble by re-signing him to a three-year, $10.25 million deal in July, just months after he suffered a sports hernia that forced him to miss the entire opening playoff round against Chicago.

What’s more, Backstrom turns 36 in February.

  1. allday420ap - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Could have been a lot worse, luckily we have harding who is lights out. And maybe well get to see his fresh new red pads on thursday.

  2. tnhockeygal - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Hey Mike Halford….you really should check your facts before your write…. Harding DID NOT stop Nystrom’s shot… it was high to the blocker side and put the Preds up 3-1…. AND your stopped shots are off!!! Geez dude…get it right… you did manage to get the teams correct!

    Your converation was such: “Harding performed well in relief, stopping 16 of 17 shots — including the penalty shot Nystrom was given on the play that injured Backstrom”

    per the Wild’s website: “Despite coming in cold and giving up a penalty shot to Nystrom, Josh Harding played well in relief, stopping 20 shots, but still was credited with the loss”

    per the Pred’s website: “Josh Harding entered the game cold, and Nystrom’s wrist shot high to the blocker side on the ensuing penalty shot put Nashville ahead 3-1”

    J. HardingSA: 20 TOI: 47:32
    Saves: 19 EV: 16 – 17
    PIM: 0 PP: 3 – 3
    SV%: .950 SH: 0 – 0

    • mp1131211 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Oh, snap!

    • Mike Halford - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Goofed on the penalty shot (meant to say he faced it, not saved it) and Harding’s even-strength saves (16 of 17). Copy’s been updated. Thanks for pointing that out.

  3. mp1131211 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I’m really worried about the goaltending situation here. I give Backstrom and Harding a lot of credit. But they are both prone to low lows. They’re either up or down. And when they’re down, they’re way down!

    I just hope Harding MS symptoms don’t flare up!

  4. lilreddy - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Mike – also don’t like the phrase that Nystrom “seemed to accidentally . . . etc ” – It was totally an accident due to the fact that Nystrom was driven into the goalie by the Wild player. Why do you think Nystrom was awarded a penalty shot????? Anyone reading your article and not knowing the situation would infer that Nystrom did it on purpose.

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