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Updated: October 10th, 2013 10:16am
As Niklas Backstrom deals with knee, Wild recalls goalie Darcy Kuemper

As Niklas Backstrom deals with knee, Wild recalls goalie Darcy Kuemper

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Three games into the season, the Wild have brought up an pseudo-insurance policy.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom had to leave Tuesday's game in the first period with a sprained knee after a collision with Predators forward Eric Nystrom.

Josh Harding finished the game without a backup on the Wild's bench.

Enter, Darcy Kuemper.

The Wild on Thursday recalled Kuemper from the Iowa Wild, the team announced. It's likely that Kuemper will serve as the backup with Harding continuing to start, at least until Backstrom returns. He is considered day-to-day.

Here are some quick Kuemper facts, courtesy of the team, which issued a release announcing the move:

Kuemper, 23, appeared in two preseason games with the Wild this year and stopped all 18 shots faced in 47:12 of action. He went 1-2-0 with a 2.08 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .916 save percentage in six regular season games (three starts) with Minnesota last season.

He made his NHL debut Feb. 12 at Vancouver and stopped 29-of-31 shots in a 3-2 win against Detroit on Feb. 17 to record his first career NHL victory. Kuemper appeared in two NHL playoff games in relief and stopped 29-of-33 shots faced for a 3.29 GAA and a .879 SV%.

He went 13-8-0 with a 1.88 GAA, a .934 SV% and four shutouts in 21 regular season games with the Houston Aeros (AHL) and 1-1 in two playoff starts stopping 67-of-70 shots faced for a 1.51 GAA, a .957 SV% and one shutout.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Saskatoon, Sask., was the Wild's sixth-round selection (No. 161 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He wears No. 35 for Minnesota.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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