ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's starting goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a groin injury in practice Saturday and the Wild recalled goaltender Nolan Schaefer from the Houston Aeros, their AHL affiliate.
Backstrom will not dress for Sunday's game against the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild said in a statement.
Schaefer is 1-2-0 with a 3.90 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage in three games for the Aeros this season. This is his first recall to the Wild, who signed him as a free agent in July.
He was San Jose's fifth-round pick (No. 166 overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and is 5-1-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average in seven career NHL games, all with San Jose.