Leslie Frazier didn't need to give a pep talk Saturday night. The Vikings coach simply turned to some veteran players.
PITTSBURGH -- With Wild goalie Josh Harding out three games to adjust his multiple sclerosis treatment, coach Mike Yeo hopes Niklas Backstrom takes advantage of the chance to play regularly again.
Miguel Sano, the Twins' highly rated Double-A third baseman, had his ailing throwing elbow re-examined recently by club doctors.
With four sacks in his last three games, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is ascending the all-time list in earnest. His 126 sacks rank 14th.
With just one game in 17 days, the Gophers have plenty of time right now to focus on getting better.
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