Josh Harding will start in goal Thursday night when the Wild host the Vancouver Canucks. Niklas Backstrom is still the starter, but head coach Mike Yeo wants to stick with the hot hand. Harding is coming off back-to-back wins over the Red Wings.
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Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo announced Friday that Josh Harding will start in goal Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. Niklas Backstrom is still the starter, but Yeo wants to stick with the hot hand. It will be Harding's fourth straight start.
Backstrom to start against Calgary
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."
Opinion: Backstrom and Harding are the best goalie tandem in the NHL
Minnesota Wild goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding are off to a very good start. They've led the Wild to five straight wins, and have allowed a microscopic 26-goals through 14-games. Arguably, they are the best goalie duo in the NHL.
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.
Backstrom hopes for more success against Oilers
Niklas Backstrom gets the call tonight in goal as the Wild take on the Oilers in Edmonton. Last Friday, Backstrom was pulled in the first period of Minnesota’s loss to the the Oilers at the X. But Backstrom was solid in Monday’s win over Tampa Bay, so coach Mike Yeo is sticking with his starter. He says Backstrom deserves a chance to “bounce back.”
Koivu, Latendresse, Zanon questionable for Vancouver
The Wild could be short-handed Saturday afternoon against the Vancouver Canucks. Mikko Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse, and Greg Zanon are questionable for the game. Koivu needed ten stitches after taking a skate to the chin Thursday against Edmonton.
Harding, Wild shutout Canucks, 2-0
The Minnesota Wild beat its biggest rival tonight as they took down the Vancouver Canucks, 2-0 at Xcel Energy Center. Josh Harding was on point in goal, stopping all 33 shots he faced for the shutout. The Wild and Canucks split the season series with three wins apiece.
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