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Wild recalls G Matt Hackett

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wild news, Wild player moves Updated: March 28, 2013 - 5:11 PM

 

The Wild has decided to give Niklas Backstrom a little extra rest. Backstrom, who had started 16 of the team's last 17 games and the last 12 straight, was left in the Twin Cities when the Wild boarded a plane for Dallas for Friday's game with the Wild. Backstrom, with an extra night of home rest, will presumably be back atop his game for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center.

Matt Hackett was recalled from Houston, sending Jake Dowell back to the Aeros to make room.  Now the only question left is whether it will be Hackett or Darcy Kuemper in goal against the Stars tomorrow. Hackett started for the Houston Aeros Tuesday but gave up seven goals in a loss to Texas in an AHL game. Kuemper, meanwhile, was in Houston from March 13 until being recalled March 24. He played most recently for Houston in a 3-2 victory March 22.

 

 

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