Harding To Make Season Debut Tonight

Josh Harding hasn’t played a regular season game since March 26, 2010 (in Detroit) and he hasn’t played in front of his home crowd since March 21, 2010. The next step in Harding’s remarkable comeback from reconstructive knee surgery is to make his return to the crease, which will happen tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.

Harding certainly isn’t being eased into the regular season, drawing the undefeated Detroit Red Wings, who have scored 10 goals this season, and haven’t given up any over the past two games. Jimmy Howard shut out the Vancouver Canucks on the heels of Ty Conklin blanking the Colorado Avalanche.

Guillaume Latendresse, who sat out Friday’s practice, is expected to be good for tonight, and that means the lineup should remain unchanged among the forwards and defense.

Head Coach Mike Yeo was in a somber mood at today’s morning skate as he informed the media of his connection to the East Ridge hockey team, which lost 18-year-old Braedon Hyland this week. Hyland was critically injured in a car accident on October 10. The driver, 17-year-old Blake Sowle, is still in critical condition.

Yeo’s daughter goes to school at East Ridge, and he had a chance to meet with the team as they mourned their teammate.

“We all here are thinking of them and praying for them, their families and also the family involved. I had the chance to meet some of their teammates the other day and was really impressed by these young men with how they’re sticking together and how they’re leaning on each other.”

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3 responses to “Harding To Make Season Debut Tonight

  1. Hi Glen,
    New fan for Minnesota as Nick Johnson plays there now. I’ll try not to let my bias show, but I have some concerns already. I note Nick started on the 4th line when guys were out with suspensions. Even with little ice time (about 7 minutes against Ottawa), he made a great individual effort in the Ottawa game by spinning off the side boards, driving to the net and yes, getting a little lucky that the puck found its way in. Still a very good effort.

    The reward for that was having the next two nights off as a healthy scratch….Given his ice time, his performance is above the other right wingers (even Setoguchi). I am pretty sure in his last call up with Pittsburgh last year he had 3 points in 4 games before suffering a season ending concussion. Now I live in Calgary, where they are famous for turning 40 goal scorers into 10 goal two way players (or trading them) – on teams that need every goal they can get (such as Minnesota) why is a guy like Johnson, who has some speed and a good shot, sitting on the bench or in the press box when the other right wingers – Clutterbuck, Bulmer and Staubitz – are not accomplishing very much?
    I suspect i am missing something, so happy to have your thoughts.

  2. (Everyone) that plays in the NHL, whether your New or a Veteran is going to have played a good game & bad game at some point. Just because a (new) player skates hard for 1 or 2 games doesn’t mean that he’s better than the Vets that are out there already. Lets see Johnson skate hard, get knocked HARD on his a@# a couple of times and get up & continue to skate hard for the length of time they skate per shift & if lucky, score atleast once. Then again maybe his style of skateing doesn’t mend in well with the way a certain line plays.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hateing on Johnson but remember that it is only the begining of the season and I’m sure that won’t be the last we see of him. If he keeps skateing & playing hard & getting points and goals, who knows, maybe before the end of the season we’ll see somebody replaced with him.

  3. Good points. Thanks.

    Craig

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