Posted May 02, 2013 on AP on Fox
Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner did not practice on Thursday, increasing the possibility they will be unavailable for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Wild forward Jason Pominville also missed Thursday's practice and will not travel to Chicago for Friday's game. He missed Game 1. Coach Mike Yeo says if Backstrom is unable to go, Josh Harding will get the start on Friday night after he made 35 saves in Minnesota's 2-1 overtime loss in the opener Tuesday night. Blackhawks center Dave Bolland and goalie Ray Emery have been ruled out for Game 2 due to lower-body injuries. Emery skated on Thursday, and coach Joel Quenneville says both players could travel to Minnesota for Game 3 on Sunday. Backstrom was scratched with a leg injury after he hurt himself while reaching for a puck as he warmed up for Game 1. Harding, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis diagnosis last summer and played in just five games this season, responded with one of his best games of the season. Pominville missed the last two games of the regular season after he was elbowed in the chin by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, and Stoner is dealing with an unspecified injury.

Wild unsure whether they'll need Harding in goal for Game 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota's Josh Harding didn't have much time to prepare for Tuesday's start in Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks. As a backup goalie, Harding is used to preparing as though he'll be thrown into the fire on a moment's notice, but Tuesday was a particularly unusual case. Starter Niklas Backstrom was injured in pregame warm-ups. Just minutes...

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The Minnesota Wild have summoned goalie Darcy Kuemper from the minors. Their number one goalie, Niklas Backstrom suffered a lower body injury during warmups. If Backstrom misses any time, Darcy will step-in to backup Josh Harding during the series vs Chicago.   The post Minnesota Wild Summon Goalie Darcy Kuemper appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL - MLB News | Fantasy Sports...

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ST. PAUL, Minn. It almost looks like a misprint when you look at the box score from Tuesday's game between Minnesota and Chicago. But there it is, by Wild defenseman Ryan Suter's name, and it is not a typo. Suter played 41:08 in the Wild's 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1, nearly seven minutes more than the next-highest total for Minnesota fellow defenseman Jonas Brodin...

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ST. PAUL, Minn. Even as big underdogs, the Minnesota Wild had plenty of chances to steal Game 1 on Tuesday in Chicago. The eighth-seeded Wild know that, and the Blackhawks know that, too. Yet for as many golden opportunities as Minnesota had in the opening game of the playoffs, the Wild flew home down 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. As difficult as the loss was to swallow, Minnesota...

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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild are still saying goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner are day-to-day with injuries, but head coach Mike Yeo said Thursday that both players will make the trip to Chicago for Friday's playoff game. Neither took part in Thursday's practice at Xcel Energy Center. Not making the trip, however, is forward Jason Pominville,...

Minnesota Wild Summon Darcy Kuemper From Minors

The Minnesota Wild have summoned goalie Darcy Kuemper from the minors. He fills in as insurance as Niklas Backstrom has a lower-body injury. The post Minnesota Wild Summon Darcy Kuemper From Minors appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL - MLB News | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports Talk.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. Niklas Backstrom waited five years to get back to the playoffs with the Minnesota Wild. Now he's just trying to get back on the ice while his team is still playing. The Wild have returned home facing a 2-0 playoff series deficit to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Backstrom has missed the past two games after suffering a lower-body injury in pregame warm-ups prior...

Hockey fans in Wisconsin: Looking for Wild-Blackhawks coverage?

Coverage of Friday nights Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs series between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will air on both FOX Sports North and the FOX Sports Wisconsin Alternate Channel, starting at 7:30 p.m. with a one-hour pregame. Channel listings are as follows: DirecTV: 668 (FOX Sports North)Dish: 436 (FOX Sports North)Time Warner: Channels 310 SD and 1310 HD (FOX...

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild. It’s a matchup that was under most people’s playoff radar; until last night. A majority of pundits had the Chicago Blackhawks sweeping the Wild. Regardless, this will be an interesting series. The Blackhawks came out flat against a Minnesota Wild team that was at the top of their game in game 1 of the playoff series Tuesday night. The...

Game Preview: Game 2, Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks 5/3/2013 @ 8:30PM CST at United Center

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Backstrom hurt, Harding starting for Wild in Game 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. Josh Harding's first start in the NHL since his return from injured reserve is going to be Game 1 of the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota's starting goaltender, Niklas Backstrom, was injured in pregame warmups Tuesday. Backstrom, who tied for the league lead with 24 wins, started the final 15 games this season for the Wild and 31 of the last 33...

Josh Harding Makes Unexpected Playoff Debut in Goal for Wild, Makes 35 Saves in Overtime Loss

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom tied for the NHL lead with 24 regular-season wins, but he wasn’t in net for the Wild’s playoff opener against the top-seeded Blackhawks on Tuesday. That duty fell to seldom-used backup Josh Harding, who became the only goaltender on the Minnesota roster after Backstrom went down with an injury during warmups. The Wild’s third-string goalie...
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