Backstrom had to be helped off the ice just minutes into the first period after he kicked out his right leg to make a safe. Via the official Twitter account of the Minnesota Wild:
#mnwild Niklas Backstrom injury update...He is out two to four weeks with a groin strain— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 2, 2012
The Wild lost the game on Thursday, 5-4, in a shootout, after Backstrom was replaced by backup goalie, Josh Harding. Minnesota faces another tought test Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CST when they face off against the Central Division-leading Red Wings in Detroit.