Josh Harding placed on injured reserve

Hannah Foslien

The Minnesota Wild placed goaltender Josh Harding on injured reserve so he can make some minor adjustments to his treatment protocol.

The Minnesota Wild announced on Wednesday evening that starting goaltender Josh Harding has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to rejoin the team for its game on Dec. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets.

"Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a team statement. "Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team."

He will be replaced on the Minnesota roster by Johan Gustafsson who was recalled from the team's AHL affiliate in Iowa.

Harding, 29, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in September of 2012. In his first game back in the lineup following the diagnosis he stopped all 24 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

This season he's been the feel-good story of the NHL as he's been one of the league's best goalies, posting a .939 save percentage in his first 27 games.

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