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Theodore questionable to practice Thursday

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: January 12, 2011 - 3:56 PM

The Wild may suddenly have a goaltending dilemma.

With the Wild prepping for an important two-game homestand against divisional foes Colorado and Vancouver, goalie Jose Theodore is questionable to practice Thursday due to "lower body soreness," GM Chuck Fletcher said.

Theodore was examined by doctors Wednesday afternoon and the team will know more Thursday.

Goalie Niklas Backstrom is expected to be shut down for at least the next four or five days with a strained hip flexor.

If Theodore can't start against the Avalanche on Friday, that leaves Anton Khudobin, who's 2-0 in three NHL appearances (one start).

The Wild, which has lost two in a row, didn't practice Wednesday.


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