Niklas Backstrom will start for the first time since October 27 when the Wild meet the Flames in Calgary Tuesday night. Josh Harding has started in goal and led the Wild on their current four game winning streak. Harding says he understands because Backstrom is Minnesota's "go-to-guy."
Backstrom back at practice, doubtful to start at San Jose
Niklas Backstrom took shots during the Wild's practice in San Jose Monday, but he's doubtful to start Tuesday night's game against the Sharks. Josh Harding will likely start in goal. The Sharks have lost three of four, but Minnesota is 1-8-1 in their last ten at the Shark Tank.