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Wild coach Yeo won’t reveal status of goaltenders

May 8, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild is checked on by a trainer after a collision with Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 7, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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Will Niklas Backstrom (lower body), Josh Harding (leg), or third-string goaltender Darcy Kuemper start in Game 5 on Thursday?

If Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo knows, he’s not telling, according to an ESPN report.

“We like to keep the other team guessing, so we’re not only going to not tell them who are starting goaltender is, we’re not going to tell them who our backup goaltender is either,” said Yeo. “Really leave them in the dark.”

Minnesota can certainly use any edge they can get, given that Chicago has a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Backstrom hasn’t been able to play in this series after sustaining an injury while warming up before the start of Game 1. Harding has started in every game of this series, but left Tuesday’s contest during the first period.

23-year-old Kuemper, who had just 288 minutes worth of NHL experience going into that game, replaced him. He stopped 16 of 18 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Blackhawks.

  1. jhuck92 - May 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Yeo knows he’s on the ropes right now and he’s using whatever he can get. Quite frankly, if won’t matter who’s in the Wild net, the defense needs to get tighter and their stars need to produce if they have a chance

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Is it too late to snag Fleury from the Pens?

      • jgramza48 - May 9, 2013 at 2:56 AM

        yeah because Fluery seems to be doing real well right now…

      • jhuck92 - May 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Haha somebody call Schneider to see if he wants another shot! Hell, even 7uongo should be better than a rookie at this point!!

  2. hammerhead5573 - May 8, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I’m going to assume he meant that tongue and cheek. I don’t think the hawks are waiting for the update so they can sleep better. Anyways hopefully the hawks get it done tomorrow. Less games means less chance for injuries.

  3. ashtongronholz8 - May 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    If one thing has surprised me this year it’s how our d stepped up. Even of we lose tomorrow I thought going into this season they would be out downfall but truth be told its our scoring ability. U can’t win games unless u score goals. If it weren’t for my optimism I would have called Blackhawks in 5 minimum. We wild fans have a lot to look forward to next year with the surprise of brodin and yeo realizing stoner is about as good as his name represents. Go wild! But second best scenario.. Sens and hawks in the final

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