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Wild lose Spurgeon, Harding still not ‘feeling well’

Jan 4, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Jared Spurgeon #46 of the Minnesota Wild skates during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on December 23, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Getty Images

Minnesota’s six-game losing streak came to an end on Thursday with a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres. The Wild will face some significant challenges as they attempt to put some distance between them and that cold patch though.

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon played an important role in that win with a plus-three rating and a staggering 27:06 minutes of ice time. The 24-year-old also sustained a lower-body injury in the process and while he stayed in the game, he will be sidelined for a minimum of a few weeks, according to the StarTribune.

In addition to that, Minnesota will be without top goaltender Josh Harding when the Wild play the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Harding missed four straight games he adjusted his treatment for multiple sclerosis. He returned for two contests before returning to the sidelines on Thursday due to a sickness.

Wild coach Mike Yeo didn’t provide much of an update on Harding’s condition, except to say that he’s still not “feeling well” and remains “day-to-day.”

  1. csilojohnson - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Ouch. Just what the Wild need.

  2. vstar1us - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Spurgeon is a giant amongst defenders, he will be missed!

  3. fisch904 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Can’t help but be concerned about Harding… Whatever concoction the doctors had him on before was clearly working, hopefully he gets better soon.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      MS can’t be controlled, only managed. Its impressive that Harding can play at all.

  4. mp1131211 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    For anyone claiming backstrom isn’t the problem for the Wild, I hope you’re watching the game. 2 junk plays led to 2 goals :30 apart.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      and then the Wild go on to get one SOG the entire first period. Totally ruining my argument! Freaking shoot the puck!

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