RALEIGH, N.C. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding will make his fifth straigh start in net Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Wild coach Mike Yeo said he strongly considered Niklas Backstrom for a start.
"We're going to get [Backstrom] in here soon," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "But when a guy's playing really well, he deserves to keep on going."
Clayton Stoner, who fell into the boards awkwardly in a 3-2 shootout loss Thursday night at the Washington Capitals, will sit out against the Hurricanes. In his place, rookie Matt Dumba will play his 10th NHL game, which makes the first year of his entry-level contract official.
"We talked about [Stoner] being possible for the game, but we felt he wasn't going to be at 100 percent," Yeo said. "So why put him out there when we have healthy bodies."
Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters will appear in his eighth straight game, taking over for injured goaltenders Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin. He is coming off his third career shutout, a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday. He has not allowed an even-strength goal over his last 127:26.
Here are the projected lineups for the Wild and Hurricanes:
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Nino Niederreiter - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville
Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Justin Fontaine
Torrey Mitchell - Zenon Konopka - Dany Heatley
Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Nate Prosser - Matt Dumba
Jared Spurgeon - Marco Scandella
Injured: Clayton Stoner (lower body), Keith Ballard (upper body), Mike Rupp (lower body)
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Chris Terry - Riley Nash - Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra - Radek Dvorak
Justin Faulk - Andrej Sekera
Brett Bellemore - Ron Hainsey
Ryan Murphy - Jay Harrison
Injured: Tim Gleason (upper body), Cam Ward (lower body), Anton Khudobin (lower body), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body)
Scratched: Mike Komisarek