Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/24/12
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SATURDAY'S STORY LINE: One game after getting captain Mikko Koivu back, the Wild will be shorthanded again Saturday night in Buffalo.Defenseman Jared Spurgeon is out indefinitely with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head from Calgary's Alex Tanguay on Thursday night. Plus, goalie Niklas Backstrom did not make the trip due to an injury. Coach Mike Yeo said it is not Backstrom's groin again and expects the goalie to practice with the team Monday after a few days of rest. Matt Hackett was called up Saturday morning from Houston and will join the team in Buffalo. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who was also injured in Thursday's game, will be able to play Saturday. The Wild have lost 327 man games to injury this season and have used 44 players. Yeo won't use that as an excuse, but there is no denying the effect of injuries on the team's performance. "(The team's run of injuries) wouldn't be much of a story if we dealt with it better or if we didn't let it affect us as much, but ...
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