Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom and Jason Zucker have surgery

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Niklas Backstrom had surgery in Philadelphia on Tuesday on a core muscle injury, and he has not played since January 30.

Niklas Backstrom had surgery in Philadelphia on Tuesday on a core muscle injury, and he has not played since January 30.

Zucker, one of the fastest skaters in the Wild organization, had surgery Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps. He had four goals and an assist in 21 games this season and is expected to be ready for next season as well.