Niklas Backstrom, who suffered a painful-looking groin injury early in the first period March 1 in Montreal, will return to the nets tonight against his goalie partner of last year, Jose Theodore, and the Florida Panthers, who have points in nine of their past 10 (6-1-3).
Backstrom was brilliant against Theo and the Panthers in Sunrise on Feb. 23 when he stopped 41 shots and both of Florida’s shootout attempts in a Wild win. It was after that game that Florida went out and made a couple trades to assure a playoff spot and improve on shootouts (like Wojtek Wolski).
Justin Falk, who has missed 10 games with a knee injury, returns and Kurtis Foster will be the lone healthy scratch.
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