Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Burns, Gaborik, Backstrom lead as Wild hit season midpoint

So who is doing the best so far for the Minnesota Wild this season? The Wild has played through 48 games on their schedule this season which is near the halfway point in the season. Brent Burns has turned out to be the Wild's best defenseman, as he has compiled 25 points and a +3 ice ratio. He leads all defensemen in goals. Unsurprisingly, right winger Marian Gaborik has led the team in points with 40 in only 37 games played. A quarter of his 21 goals came in one game against the New York Rangers, when he scored five.

Goalie Josh Harding is enjoying more net time this year. He was projected to get around thirty starts and has played in 16 games with a 7-8 win loss record. His goals against average of 3.02 is higher than starting goalie Niklas Backstrom's 2.44, so look for Harding to try and improve that stat so Jacques Lemaire can have more confidence in him.

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