Harding Sent Back To Aeros
|Josh Harding posted a 2-1-1 record with a 2.59 goals against average and a .904 save percentage with the Wild.|
While primarily serving as a back up to Manny Fernandez, the Wild’s second round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft got three starts, and turned in a record of 2-1-0. Harding made NHL history on April 4, becoming the first netminder to make his NHL debut in a shootout, a game in which the Wild defeated St. Louis, 5-4.
He followed that start with a 2-0 shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks on April 11. Harding lost his first game on Thursday at Nashville, dropping a 4-2 decision. Harding finished his first NHL season with a 2.59 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
Harding will return to the Aeros for three regular season contests before the Calder Cup playoffs begin. Already having clinched a playoff spot, the Aeros need to win all three games to have a chance win the West division. Harding has played in 36 games with the Aeros this season and owns a 27-8-0 record witha .923 save percentage.
Kopriva is 6-4-1 with a 3.52 goals against average with the Aeros this season.