Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/13
Afternoon from the Mothership -- Air Canada Centre in the Center of the Hockey Universe Toronto. The Wild held a very optional skate this morning which included coach Mike Yeo so you'll have to wait until after 5 p.m. ET for confirmation of the lineup. That's when we're meeting with Yeo. BUT my guess is Darcy Kuemper makes his fourth career start for all the reasons on yesterday's blog. Plus with Niklas Backstrom working his way back from a knee injury it makes little sense to risk injury tonight to Josh Harding in the second of back-to-backs in what is bound to be a tough game to begin with. The Eastern Conference-leading Maple Leafs are rested are fast skate hard and sometimes you have to throw in a sacrificial lamb and pray. OK way too dramatic but Kuemper the former Canadian Hockey League Goalie of the Year seems to be getting the nod. We'll see for sure later. Marco Scandella appears to be back in for the Wild. Matt Dumba who had a very rough go last night gets the second of back-to-backs off in a very intimidating rink. And my goodness judging from the tweets I'm receiving about Dumba not playing calm down! He is a 19-year-old defenseman. Very raw. He had a bad game last night so much so the Wild had to rotate three D on a third-period PK. So you pull the kid have him watch from above tonight have him work with the assistant coaches this morning. This is why he is here TO DEVELOP and LEARN by playing watching working practicing.
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