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Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom could be practicing at full speed in 12 weeks after surgery on his left hip turned up less damage than expected.

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The team said that Dr. Marc Philippon corrected the problems in the All-Star's left hip during surgery on Friday in Vail, Colo., and that the cartilage damage was less severe than feared.

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