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Backstrom out Friday vs. Florida after Kadri collision

Nov 14, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Panthers after getting bowled over last night against Toronto, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports.

Backstrom left Wednesday’s contest following a first-period collision with Nazem Kadri. The Toronto forward was given a goalie interference minor on the play, and had phone hearing this morning with the NHL’s department of player safety regarding his actions.

The injury was a tough blow for Backstrom. The 35-year-old ‘tender has lost his No. 1 gig go to Josh Harding and Wednesday night’s start marked the first time he’d played since surrendering five goals on 28 shots in a loss to Chicago on Oct. 28.

According to the Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo, the Wild will be calling up a goalie — presumably either Darcy Kuemper or Johan Gustafsson — from AHL Iowa.

  1. nozzle44 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Just waiting for the results of Kadri’s hearing……..

    • shortsxit34 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      official: 3 games

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    LOL Kadri collision? First period collision with Kadri? How about the headline should read “Backstrom Out After Taking Flying Elbow from Kadri” Lets see if Shanny does his job for once.

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