Thursday, January 28, 2010

Backstrom Gets Rest

The Minnesota Wild look to be doing a wise thing and resting their number one goaltender, Niklas Backstrom, who is dealing with a sore back. The Wild say that they are going to give him a couple days off, including Wednesday night against Detroit and Thursday night against Colorado. In his stead, Josh Harding is getting the nod again tonight, which is good news, since he beat Detroit last night, but tonight, his back-up will be Wade Dubielewicz, who was called up from the minors.

ImplicationsThe season just gets worse for Trevor in the Draft. He's already in last place in the pool and the loss of Backstrom just adds to his loss of Semyon Varlamov earlier this season. Amazingly, Trevor doesn't have the worst goaltending team in the pool this year and its going to be a bit of a longshot that he does. Going into Thursday's action, Trevor has the 9th ranked goaltending team this year, with 75 points, which is 31 points better than Ryan, who ranks last.

Another start for Harding means absolutely nothing in the Sheet pool, as no one has Harding or Backstrom this year, so this has no real implication.

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