Harding to start in goal for Wild
Niklas Backstrom took part in the morning skate for the Minnesota Wild on Friday, but it will be Josh Harding starting Game 2.
How does that affect the Blackhawks' scouting report?
"One's a righty and one's a lefty," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said jokingly. “That’s the differential. They’re both capable and have played meaningful games.”
Harding, who catches with his right hand, made 35 saves in Game 1 after learning only minutes before faceoff that he would start because Backstrom had been injured in warmup.
“For him there were a lot of positives to take out of the game,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “I think as much as anything else it’s the confidence of going out and playing well in a game like that. It’s not like he hasn’t played good hockey before.
Both coaches want to see a better pace in Game 2, which usually means more physical play.
“I think that serves us well,” Yeo said. “We’re comfortable playing in those types of games. Certainly against a team like that, if we can get engaged in a game like that I think it helps us.”
Quenneville wants to see his team use its speed more.
“I think there’s a pace we need to get to to be a better team, especially come playoff time,” Quenneville said. “Everybody needs to pick up the pace.”
Defenseman Clayton Stoner won''t play for the Wild after suffering an injury in Game 1. Dave Bolland and Ray Emery already had been ruled out by Quenneville.