Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Goalie Hackett called up for injured Backstrom

Posted by: Michael Russo under Roster moves, Wild player moves Updated: December 3, 2011 - 2:10 PM


ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom strained his groin during the first period of Friday’s 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils and will not be in uniform Sunday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Wild recalled Matt Hackett from Houston to back up Josh Harding.

Backstrom did travel, however, and is day-to-day.

“I don’t think it’s too serious. [He’ll miss] a few days,” coach Mike Yeo said.

Cal Clutterbuck, who missed Friday’s game with a leg injury, will decide during Sunday’s morning skate if he can play against the Ducks, while defenseman Justin Falk was placed on injured reserve and did not make the trip due to an “upper body” injury.

Defenseman Nate Prosser was recalled and center David McIntyre was reassigned.





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