Wild-San Jose game preview

  • Updated: December 5, 2011 - 10:14 PM

Preview: The Wild opened a five-game road trip with a 5-3 victory at Anaheim on Sunday. It became the first NHL team since Buffalo in March 2006 to win three consecutive road games when trailing by at least two goals. The Wild has won four in a row overall, four in a row on the road and 14 of its past 18 overall. The Wild is 1-8-1 in its past 10 visits to San Jose.

Players to watch: G Josh Harding is expected to start. He is 0-1 against the Sharks with a 5.00 goals-against average. He is 7-2-1 this season with a 2.05 GAA. C Kyle Brodziak has four goals, a shootout goal and two assists in the past seven games. LW Cal Clutterbuck leads the NHL with four shorthanded goals and has six goals and 10 points in his past 11 games. Sharks D Brent Burns is ninth on the team with eight points in 23 games, while RW Martin Havlat has 11 in 19.

Numbers: Eleven of the Wild's 17 victories come after trailing 1-0 (first in the NHL).

Injuries: Wild G Niklas Backstrom (groin) took shots Monday but is doubtful to start. RW/LW Devin Setoguchi (lower body) didn't practice but is expected to play. D Justin Falk (upper body), D Marek Zidlicky (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out. Sharks G Antero Niittymaki (hip) is out and D Doug Murray (hand) is doubtful.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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