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.”