Matt Cooke netted the winner just after the midway point of regulation, helping Minnesota slip by Winnipeg, 2-1, in a clash between new Central Division rivals from Xcel Energy Center. Josh Harding stopped 14 shots and Jonas Brodin added the other tally for the Wild, who snapped their season-commencing three-game losing skid. The Wild are next on the ice to conclude their brief two game home stand on Saturday night when they host the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m.
Wild Recall Goaltender
The Minnesota Wild recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Thursday to back up Josh Harding. The move was made necessary when starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom was injured on Tuesday night in Nasvhille. Former Wild forward Eric Nystrom took out Backstrom’s legs as he crashed the net and the play caused a lower body injury to the Wild netminder. The Wild officially have Backstrom listed as “day-to-day” but has not ruled him out for Saturdays game against Dallas or the upcoming four game road trip our east.