Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom
will not start in Tuesday's first-round opener against the Chicago Blackhawks
due to a pre-game injury.
Backstrom was taking shots from his teammates in warmups, when he reached for
the rebound of one particular chance and remained on the ice favoring his
He was taken off the ice under his own power, and backup Josh Harding
completed the remainder of the session.
The 29-year-old Harding, who is fighting a well-publicized battle with
multiple sclerosis, hasn't started a game since January 30 against Chicago.
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