The Minnesota Wild have yet to win a game, and have gone a frustrating 0-1-2 to start the 2013-14 NHL season. Relief doesn’t appear to be on the horizon though, as it’s being reported that starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom is listed as day-to-day with a knee strain, according to NHL.com.
As per the official report:
Backstrom sustained the injury at 11:14 of the first period of the Wild’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday when Predators forward Eric Nystrom collided with him in the crease after Nystrom was slashed from behind by Wild defenseman Keith Ballard.
Backstrom left the game and was replaced by Josh Harding. Until he was injured, Backstrom had played every minute of the Wild’s first three games.
That leaves the team’s fortunes in the hands of Josh Harding, who is a lovable underdog if there ever was one, but he isn’t the goaltender the team needs to make it to the playoffs and do some damage. Head coach Mike Yeo told NHL.com the following concerning the injury to Backstrom: “Good news, he’s only day-to-day right now. He’s been evaluated and we’ll just have to see how he feels tomorrow.”
This could be an interesting time for an outsider to get a long look in net for Minnesota. Backstrom had allowed eight goals on only 53 shots this season and hasn’t exactly been a steady presence in net so far.