Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/15/14
ST. PAUL, Minn. With Niklas Backstrom starting 10 straight games, the Minnesota Wild switched backup goaltenders Sunday just to get work for their promising rookies. Minnesota assigned goaltender Matt Hackett and forward Jason Zucker to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper and forward Jake Dowell. Hackett, 23, and Kuemper, 22, have been the backups to Backstrom with Josh Harding on injured reserved. But Backstrom has started 14 of the past 15 games and the Wild want to make sure their promising youngsters continue to play for their development. Hackett hadn't played since being recalled on March 8 when Kuemper went on injured reserve. Hackett was 19-19-3 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 42 games for Houston this year. Kuemper was sent back to the Aeros earlier this month after he was activated off injured reserve. Kuemper was 1-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in four g...
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