Goalie Matt Hackett is back with the Wild. He was recalled from Houston today to replace Niklas Backstrom, who was injured in last night’s shootout loss to Montreal. Hackett will back up Josh Harding, who will likely start in goal tonight in Detroit.
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Wild goalie Josh Harding returns to the cage tonight, getting his first start since March 8 when he tweaked a lower body injury against Phoenix. Nicklas Backstrom is also back in the fold as Harding's backup. Gone is Matt Hackett, who was sent down to Houston.
Wild not ready to relieve Niklas Backstrom of his shootout duties
Minnesota Wild goalies coach Bob Mason can't figure out why Niklas Backstrom has played so poorly in shootouts. Backstrom has stopped just ten of 22 shootout shots. Mason says Backstrom gets "impatient" in shootouts, so they'll try and work on slowing him down before replacing him with Josh Harding.
Backstrom expects to return soon
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom practiced for a second day in a row Tuesday, and he could return to game action before the end of the season. Backstrom says, "I'm trying to do everything I can so it will be soon." He injured his groin in a March 1st game against Montreal.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher: 'We have no interest in trading Backstrom'
Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher tells the Star Tribune there is no way they are trading Niklas Backstrom. Fletcher loves the goalie tandem that Backstrom and Josh Harding provide. He points out that the duo was one of the main reasons the Wild were on top of the NHL over the first 30 games last season.
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