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Sunday Morning Power Rankings-Central Division Goalies

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) warms up in net before the game against the Colorado Avalanche of game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

6. The Minnesota Wild- Niklas Backstrom/Josh Harding/Darcy Kuemper: The Wild goalies are ranked so low in the division because nobody knows who is going to play for them.

Backstrom appeared in only 21 games last season due to injury. He was not good when he did play; he was 5-11 with a .899 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average.

Josh Harding was the opposite of Backstrom, he was good when he played but he had trouble adapting to his new MS medicine. Harding was 18-7 with a .933 save percentage and 1.65 goals against average. Harding did only appear in 29 games and his future seems to be uncertain.

Kuemper might be the best bet for the Wild this season. Kuemper was 12-8 with a .915 save percentage and 2.08 goals against in 26 games. In the playoffs in 6 games he was 3-1 with a .913 save percentage and 2.03 goals against average.

The Wild goalies are plagued by UNCERTAINITY.

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