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Stoner out, Dumba in for Wild against Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg

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

Josh Harding

Niklas Backstrom

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

Justin Peters

Mike Murphy

Injured: Tim Gleason (upper body), Cam Ward (lower body), Anton Khudobin (lower body), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body)

Scratched: Mike Komisarek

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