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Hackett gets first NHL start for Wild

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 3:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Hackett will get the call again for the Minnesota Wild.

The rookie will start against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in the follow-up to his NHL debut on Tuesday in which he relieved Josh Harding just over a minute into the game and shut out the San Jose Sharks in what became a 2-1 Minnesota victory.

Minnesota does not have its starting goalies speak to the media on game days, but coach Mike Yeo said Hackett "was all smiles" when told he would start again.

"It will be real good for Hacks to get another chance," Yeo said. "He played great last game, so let's throw him back in there."

It was thought that Niklas Backstrom might return but Backstrom will back up tonight and continue to rest his groin.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Backstrom said. "It's nice to be back and I'm getting better everyday."

Harding did not skate Thursday, but Yeo said he's better after he suffered a sort of whiplash from teammate Nick Schultz on Tuesday.

"Yesterday he felt great and he worked out," Yeo said. "We'll meet with him here this afternoon and figure out if he's going to be back with us tomorrow."

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1