Saturday, May 4, 2013
Wild's Backstrom playing waiting game
By Scott Burnside
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It’s still unknown whether Minnesota Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom has recovered sufficiently from an injury suffered in warm-up before Game 1 of their series against the Chicago Blackhawks to play Sunday in Game 3.
Further, it’s not clear whether head coach Mike Yeo would make a goaltending switch, given how well Josh Harding has played in relief of Backstrom in spite of the fact the Wild are down 2-0 to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
"It’s [the] playoffs, it’s fun to be in the playoffs and, for sure, I want to get back out there as soon as possible," Backstrom told reporters after he worked out with his teammates Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
"It’s getting better. It’s getting there. It’s going to take time but it’s something you work on every day, and every morning you wake up you hope it’s better," said the netminder, who appeared to tweak a groin making a sliding motion during warm-ups before Game 1 last Tuesday.
Could he play Sunday?
"I think that’s something we talk [about] in the room with the guys and the coaches. That’s a different decision," he said.
"Every day you try to make some progress and we see where we are tomorrow morning," Backstrom added.
It’s expected the Wild will also be without forward Jason Pominville, who is still suffering from a concussion, and defenseman Clayton Stoner, who was injured in Game 1 and did not play in Game 2.