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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is day-to-day with a knee strain after he was injured in Tuesday's loss in Nashville.
Backup goalie Josh Harding will start for Minnesota in Thursday's game against Winnipeg. Wild coach Mike Yeo said Backstrom will be reevaluated later Thursday to determine whether he will be able to back up Harding.
"We'll just have to see how he feels tomorrow," Yeo said. "Good news that it's nothing serious."
Backstrom was injured during a collision with Nashville's Eric Nystrom. As Nystrom ran into Backstrom, the Wild goalie slammed into the goal post. He left the game with Minnesota trailing 2-1 and gave way to Harding.
It was a tough situation for Harding to enter, as Nystrom was awarded a penalty shot on the same play that resulted in his collision with Backstrom. Nystrom scored on the shot to give the Predators a 3-1 lead in the first period, a deficit the Wild couldn't overcome as they fell to 0-1-2.
In more than two periods of play Tuesday, Harding allowed just the one goal to Nystrom on 20 shots. Thursday will mark his first start of the season.
"I came in here knowing I'm going to have to play some games -- and some big games -- and find a way to win," said Harding, who played in 10 games last season, including all five of Minnesota's playoff games when Backstrom was injured. "I'm going to be ready whenever they call my number. Whenever I'm in there, I'm going to try to give the team a chance to win."
Even with the Wild's top goalie not starting Thursday, Yeo remains confident in his backup after seeing Harding step into Tuesday's game.
"What I liked is how he responded," Yeo said of Harding. "I can't imagine how difficult that is for a goalie to come in and the first shot that you have to face is a penalty shot -- let alone come in and you haven't even had a chance to really stretch. I thought that was a very difficult situation to come into, and I thought he played a very strong game after that."
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Goaltender Niklas Backstrom left the Wild's game against the Predators Tuesday 11:14 into the first period after a collision with Nashillve's Eric Nystrom.
The former Wild forward was on a breakaway when he was slashed from behind by Wild defenseman Keith Ballard causing him to lose his footing and fall into Backstrom.
The contact caused the back of Backstrom's right...
Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom has hurt his right leg in the first period against the Nashville Predators, knocking him out of the game.
The Wild said after the first period Tuesday night that Backstrom will be evaluated Wednesday for a lower body injury.
Backstrom was pushed back into the post at 11:14 of the first when Wild defenseman Keith Ballard tripped Predators...
As reported earlier this week, Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was injured against the Nashville Predators during their game Tuesday night, a 3-2 loss where he let up two goals on five shots and sustained the injury when Nashville forward Eric Nystrom crashed into him and accidentally jammed Backstroms’s leg into the post.
Today however, the Wild have announced Backstrom...
Mike Yeo was relieved to hear Wednesday that goaltender Niklas Backstrom who strained his right knee in Tuesday’s loss at Nashville is not expected to be sidelined for long. Still the Wild coach confirmed that Josh Harding will start in goal Thursday against Winnipeg — and the rest of the lineup will look different as well.
With the Wild still searching for its first victory...
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Finally, the Wild have a win to show for their efforts.
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Minnesota Wild (0-1-2) 2pts 7th in the Central
2.33 Goals For (19th)
3.00 Goals Against (16th)
38.5% Power Play (4th)
60% Penalty Kill (28th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 3G 0A = 3pts
2. #64 Mikael Granlund ~ 0G 3A = 3pts
3. #25 Jonas Brodin ~ 1G 1A = 2pts
4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 2A = 2pts
5. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 2A = 2pts
The Minnesota Wild go on the road for the first time this year to take on the Nashville Predators in Music City for the Preds home opener. With the wounds still raw from Ryan Suter leaving Nashville for Minnesota, that factor alone makes this a game worth watching. Add to the mix that for the first time in franchise history, the Wild appear to be more focused on their offensive...
Nashville Predators 0, Minnesota Wild 0: Pregame Warmups
SOG: NSH - 0, MIN - 0
PP: NSH 0/0, MIN 0/0
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The Nashville Predators (0-2-0) will play their home opener against the Minnesota Wild (0-0-2) at 7:10pm CST. Tuesday night's match will be the first time these teams faceoff as divisional rivals.
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