To say that the Minnesota Wild are having goalie issues right now would be an understatement.
Niklas Backstrom revealed last week that he played a month of last
season with a torn core muscle in his groin, a malady that he believes
is the impetus for his latest bout with abdominal stiffness that has him
on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
received another round of cortisone injections on Monday in the
effected area, which are just as cringe-worthy, in an effort to try and
get back on the ice, which coach Mike Yeo hopes occurs Wednesday.
goalie Josh Harding isn't having any better time of it, Yeo telling
reporters on Sunday that Harding missed practice as he continues the
battle to stabilize the effects of the "minor adjustments" to his
treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. Harding has missed 13 of 15 games
since the change in his treatment.
In their stead,
Darcy Kuemper has fared well, going 4-2-0 with one shutout while posting
workman-like 2.13 goals against average to go along with a .922 save
percentage. He will be backed up temporarily by Johan Gustafsson,
recalled from AHL Iowa on Sunday.