Backstrom sustained a lower-body injury during warm-ups prior to Game 1 of the Wild's first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Josh Harding started and made 37 saves in the Wild's 2-1 loss. The Wild have yet to update Backstrom's injury.
Kuemper went 1-2-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in six games, including three starts, with the Wild this season. The 22-year-old spent most of the season in the AHL, where he went 13-8-0 with a 1.88 GAA and .934 save percentage in 21 games. He was 1-1 with a 1.51 GAA and .957 save percentage in two games for Houston in the AHL playoffs.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic