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Report: Wild’s Harding suffers lower-body injury

Oct 24, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

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Just as Niklas Backstrom is starting to feel better, Josh Harding appears to have suffered an injury of his own. The red-hot Minnesota Wild “backup” suffered a lower-body ailment during Thursday’s 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Russo reports that Wild head coach Mike Yeo didn’t reveal how severe Harding’s injury is.

Thursday has just been a rough day for goalies. Pekka Rinne‘s month-long injury announcement preceded this game, where Harding, 29, got hurt for this indefinite amount of time while Cam Ward will also miss about three-to-four weeks with his own injury.

Harding has been fantastic so far, with a 5-2-1 record, .953 save percentage and 1.00 GAA in nine games played.

  1. lordfletcher - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    what I am worried about is the goalie shuffle we have going on in MN. By that I mean, hopefully both Backs and Hardz will never be injured at the same time because our backups backup have proven they are not ready or haven’t been given the opportunity.

    Hackett, wasn’t… then traded due to several goalie prospects
    Kuemper hasn’t shown much at the NHL level but plays well in AHL.
    Gustafsson, my favorite of the goalie prospects has yet had the chance, wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the call up pending Harding injury but it would be good for Kuemper to get him up right away for his confidence.

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      Kuemper’s further along in his development than Gustafsson, so he’ll get the callup. Gustafsson was good in the SEL, but they play a very defense-oriented game, which makes his job easier, and he’ll have to adjust to the different shooting angles of the smaller ice sheet. I think Gustafsson will be the better of the two in the end, but Kuemper’s better right now.

  2. luvmnsports2012 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    I wanna know what happened to Heatley?! Before he got injured last year he was playing Great, now he is stinkin it up…badly! He looks tired every shift. Just hope the wild keep wining. Great defense, lets just get some more pucks in the net! GO WILD! #nomoreinjuries

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