Posted October 31, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Detroit Red Wings had a better defensive performance while opening a home-and-home series against the Minnesota Wild over the weekend, but they couldn't end their scoring woes. Judging by their recent matchups with the Wild at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings might have a chance to break out of that slump and avoid matching their longest skid in four seasons Tuesday night. Detroit had given up 15 goals over its previous three games when it visited Minnesota on Saturday but yielded one in those 60 minutes. The Red Wings, though, failed to score for the first time this season. Backup Josh Harding stopped 36 shots during the Wild's 1-0 victory, his first of the season and fifth career shutout. Harding is expected to start again Tuesday, and will try to get some more help from young defensemen Justin Falk, Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella and Nate Prosser. "They looked like (veterans against Detroit), and now they have to continue to go out and do that," coach Mike Yeo said. "They've been out there in pressure-packed situations. They know they can go out, execute, play the system and do the right things." After scoring 18 goals during a 5-0-0 start, Detroit has four during its four-game losing streak. The Red Wings, though, might have a chance for a better performance Tuesday, as they've outscored Minnesota 41-20 while winning eight of the past 10 matchups at home. Detroit (5-4-0) is seeking to avoid its first five-game skid since Jan. 17-31, 2009, and getting Johan Franzen back on track might help. The winger, who hasn't recorded a point in the last four games, has six goals and two assists in his last four at home against the Wild. He has 12 goals and nine assists in his last 18 overall matchups. Franzen scored in overtime and added an assist during a 3-2 win in Minnesota on Oct. 15. The Red Wings outshot the Wild 41-14 in that game and 36-20 on Saturday. "We haven't all played where we feel like we got the feel," coach Mike Babcock said. "And they're good players, they're going to get that because there's no way we can suddenly be a team that can't score. So to me, just keep working, keep doing good things and good things will happen." Dany Heatley had the lone goal for Minnesota (4-3-3) on Saturday to extend a four-game point streak. He has five goals and an assist over his last six regular-season games against Detroit, most of which were with San Jose. Minnesota could use Heatley's help as it tries to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season and for the third time in its series with the Red Wings. The Wild have scored two goals or fewer in each of the last five matchups, going 1-2-2. Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will be around to help keep Minnesota off the scoreboard for a few more seasons after signing a seven-year extension worth $33.25 million Monday. This time, he'll try to add to the Wild's power-play struggles. Minnesota has failed to score with the man advantage in six of seven games, going 2 for 27, and is 0 for 13 in its last four against Detroit.

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Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding will make a third consecutive start in Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Harding has been sensational in his last two starts, turning aside 72 of 73 shots in back-to-back wins over the Detroit Red Wings. It will be the fourth start of the season for Harding, who missed last season due to a knee injury.

Harding, Wild hand Red Wings 4th straight loss

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Highlighting the Lowlights: The 11/1/11 Debacle

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WEDNESDAYS STORY LINE: Josh Harding, who has been spectacular in his last two starts for the Minnesota Wild, will get the nod Thursday night against Vancouver. Harding allowed one goal on 73 shots in the back-to-back games against Detroit. "You have to go with Hards in that situation because he has played two great games," coach Mike Yeo said Wednesday. "You have...

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Wild hand Red Wings 4th straight loss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Josh Harding spent last season rehabilitating two torn ligaments in his right knee, all the while envisioning how his first victory would develop when he returned to the ice. A 1-0 shutout against the mighty Detroit Red Wings at home? That seemed like a stretch, even to Harding. Harding made 36 saves and Dany Heatley scored to lift the Minnesota Wild to...

Harding stops 36 as Wild shut out sliding Wings

Josh Harding made 36 saves and Dany Heatley scored to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 1-0 victory over the slumping Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

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No. 1 Star: Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild One of the best efforts of Saturday night, and probably its most inspirational story, too. Harding previously took the Detroit Red Wings to a shootout this season, losing in the skills competition. On Saturday at home, he made 36 saves against the Wings in a 1-0 victory. It was the injury-plagued backup's first win since March 2010...

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The Detroit Red Wings look to return to the win column tonight as they welcome the Minnesota Wild to complete the return leg of a home-and-home series. The Wings have lost four consecutive games after starting off the season 5-0, with their most recent defeat coming at the hands off the Wild on Saturday night in Minnesota. Goaltender Josh Harding turned aside 36 shots to preserve...

Harding, Wild hand Red Wings 4th straight loss

Josh Harding made 36 saves and Dany Heatley scored to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 1-0 victory over the slumping Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
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