Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is out two to four weeks with a strained groin, coach Mike Yeo said Friday, leaving his season in jeopardy while creating another opportunity for rookie Matt Hackett.

Yeo said an MRI in the Twin Cities revealed Backstrom's injury was not as serious as initially feared. Backstrom, who has a history of hip injuries, had to be carried off the ice Thursday night after making a save on forward Erik Cole 2:52 into the first period of Minnesota's shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

"There's no issues with his hip," Yeo said before the Wild played the Detroit Red Wings. "It's not as bad as some of the groin strains can be. It's not real close to the bone. It's all in the muscle, so that's good, I guess."

Hackett was recalled from Houston of the American Hockey League and joined the Wild in Detroit, where he backed up Josh Harding.

With only five weeks remaining in the regular season, Backstrom might have played his final game of 2011-12.

"Obviously, we don't have a lot of time here in the regular season," Yeo said. "If it's four weeks, that obviously makes a big difference."