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Odd warmups injury leads to Backstrom starting Saturday

Nov 23, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild activated goaltender Niklas Backstrom from the injured reserve list today with the intention of easing him back into the lineup after he missed four straight games due to a concussion. That plan fell apart in the minutes leading up to their game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Projected starter Josh Harding stepped on a puck during the pregame warmups and suffered an injury, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman. That forced the Wild to start Backstrom.

The Wild are in an awkward position now as they sent down 23-year-old goalie Darcy Kuemper earlier in the day.

Backstrom has a 3.30 GAA and .874 save percentage in seven contests this season and this is just his second start in November. He’s also missed time in 2013-14 because of a knee injury.

Minnesota has won five of its last six games, giving them a 14-5-4 record this season.

Update: Kuemper has rejoined the Wild and is now serving as the team’s backup.

  1. sharksfan754 - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Backstrom is starting bc of a freak injury in warm ups to the projected starter, now I’ve seen it all

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t that how Harding ended up starting a few games?

      • mp1131211 - Nov 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        That was last year in the playoffs. This year he got the starting position when Backstrom tweaked his knee on the goal post mid game.

  2. jhuck92 - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    What the hell does the Wild do to goalies during warmups? This is the second time this year I’ve heard of a Wild goalie go down right before a game.

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