With Josh Harding coming off one of the best games of his career - and Niklas Backstrom still recovering from a nasty virus he's had for 10 days - the Wild started Harding for the fourth straight game against the Flyers on Tuesday night.

Harding, who made a career-high 47 saves in the Wild's 3-2 shootout loss to St. Louis on Saturday, recovered nicely from his performance in Chicago on Jan. 12, when he was benched for Matt Hackett after allowing four goals in 21 shots.

He might have started against the Flyers even if Backstrom was completely healthy, but the situation as it is made coach Mike Yeo's decision easy. Backstrom said he has lost six pounds from his illness, which he said started during the Wild's loss in Calgary on Jan. 7. Backstrom played that game but hasn't been in goal since.

"At some point you're waiting for a fever or something so you get help (recovering)," Backstrom said. "But that never happened."

Yeo is hoping Backstrom will be available for Thursday's game at Toronto.