ST. PAUL, Minn. - Goaltender Josh Harding has played a major part in the Minnesota Wild's solid start to the 2013-2014 season.
If they want to keep up their solid play, however, the team will have to do it without him.
Harding suffered what the Wild calls a lower body injury in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He injured his leg on a Hurricane's goal and managed to finish the second period, but Niklas Backstrom had to come in and finish the game.
Harding has given up just 8 goals in 9 games since Backstrom injured a knee, and has been brilliant at times. The Wild describes his status as "day to day", but adds that he will not make the trip to Chicago to take on the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on Saturday.
To fill the club's backup goalie spot, the Wild recalled 21-year-old Johan Gustafsson from its Iowa affiliate. Gustafsson is 2-0-0 in three games with the farm club.
The decision to recall Gustafsson is interesting, as Darcy Kuemper has been the team's choice when calling up a replacement. Kuemper may be on the outs after a recent poor performance against Toronto where he gave up 3 goals on seven shots.
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