The light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible. In just a hair over a week, our long nightmare of more than a month without live hockey will be over.
But there may be some changes by the time that rolls around. The big one is that Nik Backstrom was injured last night in the game against Montreal (which was one of the craziest regular season games I've ever seen and I even missed a good chunk of it because I'd given up when the Wild were down 3-1).
They haven't said what the injury is exactly but the rumblings make it sound like it's not going to be a quick return, and Matt Hackett has been called up to the team, playing in Detroit tonight. So, it sounds like the Aeros may be relying on Kuemper for a good stretch here, and Rob Nolan maybe gets back up to the AHL for a stretch again to back him up.
Also, if you missed the game last night, Matt Kassian scored his first NHL goal against Carey Price.
And his second.
He scored the first goal for the Wild and then the second later in the game, which started a comeback that led to a tie and a shootout (loss, unfortunately). So congrats to him on hitting that milestone the same way he hits everything else: Hard.
A couple other roster notes: recent acquisition Benn Olson was loaned to ECHL Ontario and Jamie Fritsch was released from his PTO.
That's all for now. One game this weekend in San Antonio and then it's off to Abbotsford for a couple before the big homecoming next weekend.