Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered an injury during pre-game warm ups on Tuesday night when the team was set to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks. While we don’t know exactly what part of Backstrom’s body was injured, we do know the area.
Wild head coach Mike Yeo confirmed that Backstrom suffered a lower body injury.
According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo:
[Backstrom] seemed to sustain a left groin or hip injury trying to reach for a rebound. Coach Mike Yeo said that threw the staff a “curve ball to say the least.” Yeo had no prognosis for Backstrom, but obviously Darcy Kuemper will need to come up and join Harding, who likely will have to start Friday.
In relief of Backstrom, backup Josh Harding stopped 35 of 37 shots.
It was an excellent performance from Harding, but the Wild eventually lost to Chicago in overtime thanks to a goal from Byan Bickell.
Because of the uncertainty of Backstrom’s injury, there is no word on a potential timetable for his return. For now, it looks like Harding will remain in goal.