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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 leg hit the post.
The Wild said Backstrom will miss the rest of the game with a lower body injury and be re-evaluated in Minnesota Wednesday. He was replaced by backup Josh Harding who gave up a goal on a penalty shot awarded to Nystrom as the Predators took a 3-1 lead after one period.
Coach Mike Yeo said he thought hard about starting Harding but stuck with Backstrom because of his his previous success at Bridgestone Arena where he was 4-1-1 with a 1.93 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
BEST OF MAXIM
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.
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...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On the heels of yet another one-goal loss, the Minnesota Wild find themselves still searching for their first win of the year.
The Wild fell 3-2 on Tuesday in Nashville, dropping to 0-1-2. In each of the three games, Minnesota has lost by just a goal. Despite the record, the Wild remain confident and feel that they've actually been playing some good hockey...
As a football coach, one thing you try to remind players is that they never know when there last play will be. The moral of such a saying is that they should never take a play off or for granted. Of course, its a sport but on any given play an injury can occur and a player's season can come to an ignominious end. I personally was fortunate to be mostly injury-free throughout...
Ryan Suter is expecting to hear more boos tonight, but he still has emotions returning to Nashville...
This is unacceptable. Running over the opposition's goalie is a gutless, bush league act, most of the time because they're easy pickings. I guess this is the only way a talentless player like Richard Clune is going to stay in the NHL, by getting into fights and running over goalies.
Also, the refs blew the call here, Clune and Stoner should have both been given 5-minute...
July 4, 2012, Ryan Suter signed a thirteen year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild, that made him no longer a Nashville Predator. Fans of the Predators have held onto the grudge because his excuse to signing elsewhere was for "family reasons".
The Wisconsin native returned to the Music City last season to play one game, where he was booed by 17,113 fans inside...
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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As Paul noted, Tim Thomas appeared to tweak his groin or some othe part of his "lower body" in the Florida Panthers' 2-1 loss to Philly on Tuesday, and while I was preparing to have my beard trimmed for the first time in six years, Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun notes that Niklas Backstrom got dinged in the Wild's 3-2 loss to Nashville...
Already off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, the Minnesota Wild may not have their starting goaltender available for their next game.
With Niklas Backstrom dealing with a lower-body injury, the Wild are expected to start Josh Harding in their fourth attempt at a first victory Thursday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets and Devin Setoguchi.