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Minnesota’s Backstrom, Zucker undergo successful surgeries

Minnesota Wild v Phoenix Coyotes

during the NHL game at Arena on January 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.

Christian Petersen

The Minnesota Wild announced two successful surgeries on Wednesday, as goalie Niklas Backstrom and winger Jason Zucker underwent their respective season-ending procedures.

Backstrom, 36, had work done on his core (abdominal) muscle. This caps a difficult season for the Finnish netminder, as he went 5-11-2 with an .899 save percentage and 3.02 GAA while being overshadowed by a variety of other goalies.

Zucker, 22, underwent surgery on his left quadriceps muscle. Here’s an interesting detail about his procedure:

Again, both are out for the remainder of this season, including the playoffs. The goal is for Zucker and Backstrom to be ready for the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign. The team expects as much for both.

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