Setoguchi out; starting goalie TBA

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2011 - 9:48 PM

Wild forward Devin Setoguchi

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LOS ANGELES - For the second consecutive trip to San Jose, the Wild lost a top-six winger.

Devin Setoguchi was hurt Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory and is sidelined with what the Wild will only call a "lower body" injury until doctors evaluate him. He will not play Thursday night at Los Angeles, and by the looks of the way he was walking and the soft cast he had over his right leg Tuesday, probably a lot longer.

"I hope not, but with these things, we won't know until we get word from a doctor," said coach Mike Yeo, who was consoling a disappointed Setoguchi after Tuesday's game and told him to "keep your head up."

"We've overcome injuries so far and we're going to have to keep doing it. I don't think too many people are going to feel sorry for us."

Yeo said the Wild will have to get good contributions from call-ups Casey Wellman and Cody Almond, and "we keep getting great play from guys like [Cal] Clutterbuck, who are able to move up in lines and play different roles."

Against the Kings, Clutterbuck will take Setoguchi's spot alongside Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley.

Last month in San Jose, the Wild lost left winger Guillaume Latendresse to a concussion. He has missed 13 games since, but Yeo said Latendresse and defenseman Marek Zidlicky (concussion) having been working out and skating daily in Minnesota.

Harding seems OK

Yeo said goalie Josh Harding suffered a bit of whiplash during a first-period collision with teammate Nick Schultz on Tuesday and he was able to work out Wednesday.

Yeo said the Wild will decide Thursday morning whether goalie Niklas Backstrom, who has missed two games with a groin injury, or Matt Hackett, who won his first NHL game in relief of Harding on Tuesday, starts against the Kings.

Backstrom practiced Wednesday and "looked good," Yeo said.

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