With the Minnesota Wild in Nashville today, the team has recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Houston Aeros, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. The club also activated right wing Cal Clutterbuck from Injured Reserve and placed goaltender Darcy Kuemper on Injured Reserve.
Hackett has played in 42 games with the Aeros this season, going 19-19-3 and posting a 2.56 goals against average and .910 save percentage. The netminder made his NHL debut with the Wild last season and set an NHL record for longest shutout streak to start a career at 102:48. He was named NHL's Second Star on Dec. 12 as he stopped 76 of 78 shots in first two NHL games for 1.01 GAA, .974 SV% and two wins. In 12 games in Minnesota last season, Hackett went 3-6-0, with a .933 SV% and 2.37 GAA. Hackett is expected to join the team in Nashville today.
The native of London, Ont., who celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday, made 24 saves to earn the victory in the Aeros’ 5-1 win in Abbotsford Saturday. He has started in eight consecutive games with the Aero since Feb. 12, posting a 5-3-0 record, 1.85 GAA and .934 SV% in that span.
Clutterbuck returns to the Wild lineup after missing the last six Wild games with a lower-body injury suffered in Edmonton on Feb. 21. The 25-year-old has four points (2-2=4) in 16 games with Minnesota this season.
Kuemper was placed on Injured Reserve after stopping 14-of-15 shots in relief Tuesday in Chicago. The rookie has a 1-2-0 record in four appearances and has a .924 SV% and 2.22 GAA with the Wild.
Minnesota will practice in Nashville this afternoon before taking on the Predators tomorrow night at 7 p.m. State of Hockey Time, with the game broadcast on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM. The Lighthouse didn’t make the trip to the Music City, but WildTV will have post-practice video from today’s skate.
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