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Wild vs. Canucks: Harding in at backup for Sunday matinee

Posted by: under Wild news, Wild pregame skate Updated: February 14, 2010 - 1:30 PM

By Brian Stensaas

Just a quick update here before the start of today's game. Anton Khudobin's hip must be worse than Josh Harding's, because Harding is currently on the ice for warm-ups. Niklas Backstrom is out there, too, and of course he will start.

Today is the first time Harding has suited up since he aggravated his hip 10 days ago while making that highlight-reel save against Edmonton. The plan was to keep Harding sidelined until after the Olympic break, but Khudobin hurt his hip during warm-ups Friday against Atlanta.

Got all that?

Should be a good one here this afternoon at the X. Follow along on television, or if you're stuck to a computer today I'll update frequently on Twitter (user name: stensation).

More after the game.

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