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Wild's Harding playing his way into No. 1 spot -- somewhere

With four straight wins, Wild goalie Josh Harding is showing the league that he might be better than a backup to Niklas Backstrom. He's an unrestricted free agent after the season, and if he continues to shut down opponents, Harding could find himself with a starting job next year.
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With four straight wins, Wild goalie Josh Harding is showing the league that he might be better than a backup to Niklas Backstrom. He's an unrestricted free agent after the season, and if he continues to shut down opponents, Harding could find himself with a starting job next year.

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