Harding To Start Game 3

Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo confirmed this morning that goaltender Josh Harding would start Game 3. Harding has started the previous two games of the series in place of the injured Niklas Backstrom, stopping 77-of-84 shots.

Level of Hatred

Yeo spoke about how the intensity of his team needs to come out in front of the home crowd.

“We got a bit of a lesson last game,” Yeo said. “The level of play rises [in the playoffs]. We’re going to be a desperate team today.”

“We have a lot of guys getting their first taste of playoff hockey, to be successful there has to be a level of hatred for the other team, there should be some hostility tonight,” Yeo continued.

Koivu

Yeo isn’t concerned with his captain Mikko Koivu prior to tonight’s game. Koivu was minus-3 in Game 2 and committed three penalties. All Yeo wants him to do is push the past two games behind him and go out to do what he does best.

Physical Play

Yeo was adamant on playing physical and not being pushed around by the Blackhawks on home ice.

“We haven’t been physical on key guys, we need to finish checks,” Yeo said. “Every time they touch the puck they need to know you’re coming.”

He ended by saying he wants his players to “invest in the series.”

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