The Minnesota Wild approached Monday's practice with three goaltenders on the ice, as they've had for much of the past week. Only Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding weren't part of the trio. Minnesota called in a pair of practice goaltenders to complement Darcy Kuemper on Monday. Kuemper will make his fifth straight start for the Wild while the team sorts through injury and illness with Backstrom and Harding, respectively. "Well, he had one on the ice and we had a couple of others helping out," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said of his goaltending situation on Monday. "Our main focus is Kuemps was out there and certainly expect him to play (Tuesday at Dallas). Hards not feeling well, so obviously best to keep him off. Backy was getting an injection here, so with that you have to keep him off for a couple days." Winning seven of their past nine games, the Wild have survived without several key players, including Harding, Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jared Spurgeon. Losing Backstrom is just another hurdle to overcome. Minnesota recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson and defenseman Jonathon Blum from Iowa on Monday, with Gustafsson added to backup Kuemper with Backstrom out. Harding is on injured reserve as he's dealt with what's been termed as an "illness." Harding went on injured reserve in December to adjust to a change in medication for multiple sclerosis. He returned and played two games before going back on injured reserve.
Wild missing Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding from practice
Fox Sports | Jan 20