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Neither Niklas Backstrom nor Keith Ballard cared to waste any energy on frustration or self-pity. Backstrom, the Wild goalie, was inching his way through the uncertain aftermath of a concussion after taking a nasty hit earlier this month. Ballard, who has been sidelined for all but nine games this season, was eager to recover from an upper-body injury and resume his place among the Wild’s defensive corps.
Both focused all their attention on healing, and that helped them rejoin the Wild for Friday’s practice in Winnipeg. Though neither is expected to play Saturday against the Jets, their presence on the ice at MTS Centre had coach Mike Yeo smiling on a bitterly cold day. Yeo said Backstrom looked quick, slick and “really good’’ in his first practice since his injury on Nov. 13, and he added that Ballard is “not far off’’ from getting into the lineup again.
Josh Harding is expected to start in goal Saturday. Backstrom took plenty of shots in Friday’s workout and was in good spirits ...
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Niklas Backstrom had never had a concussion before, but the Wild goalie knew enough about head injuries to take nothing for granted. After practicing with his team Friday for the first time in 10 days, Backstrom said he felt good, but he couldn’t predict what the next day might bring.
It’s doubtful that anyone could have envisioned the strange scenario that unfolded at MTS Centre...
An MRI given to Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding (lower body) on Sunday came back normal. Harding will be reevaluated and if he believes he can handle pain, the hope is he will meet the team to back up Niklas Backstrom on Monday against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Harding apparently had leg spasms and that is sounds like...
You should never get to high or too low. Josh Harding is a perfect example of this. Last year, Harding was diagnosed with M.S. and ended up missing most of the season. He came back and played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, this year, he's the Minnesota Wild starter. I don't think it's a stretch to say that Harding could be an All-Star...
As hockey season moves into full swing, with the NHL, AHL, college and now boys and girls high school hockey seasons rolling along it means there are a plethora of options for puck fans like myself. It means any fan can easily fill their game watching any of those levels of hockey. Normally that means an NHL game caps off your evening, but not today as the Wild play a rare early...
Minnesota Wild (14-5-4) 32pts 4th in the Central
2.56 Goals For (20th)
2.17 Goals Against (6th)
22.9% Power Play (5th)
77.4% Penalty Kill (24th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 10G 10A = 20pts
2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 5G 15A = 20pts
3. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 13G 4A = 17pts
4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 14A = 14pts
5. #22 Nino Niederreiter ~ 4G...
No teams have played better this month than the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues have taken the last five meetings between teams that meet for the first time this season Monday night in St. Louis.
Minnesota (15-5-4) is an NHL-best 9-1-1 in November while St. Louis (16-3-3) also has 19 points in that span with a 9-2-1 mark.
This is the first season they will meet...
Niklas Backstrom was supposed to be a spectator when the Minnesota Wild visited the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon.
Instead, the goalie was called into action for the first time since suffering a concussion on Nov. 13 when starter Josh Harding was injured during the warmup.
Backstrom made a smooth transition, turning aside 37 shots before teammate Charlie Coyle scored the...