Greetings from Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif., just across the road from LAX. The Wild skated here today (at the Kings official practice facility) and will head downtown shortly. The Kings skate in El Segundo on gamedays as well, but the Wild will hold its morning skate at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time tomorrow. You’ll want to check out this link as we give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes glance at the Wild on the road. We’ll torture you fans back home with some “how warm is it” shots too.
Greetings from Manhattan, where the Wild went through a 45-minute skate at the iconic Chelsea Piers today.
The Wild held an optional practice today at the Rec Zone in Raleigh, although everyone went to PNC Arena for treatment, meetings, etc. Some Wild players even practiced their jump shots on the basketball court - NC State plays Appalachian State tonight, the reason for the “dress and drive” practice.
Not a lot of news today. Zach Parise and Clayton Stoner are both feeling better. Mike Yeo said he won’t know about the lineup until tomorrow. That goes with the goalie situation too. Josh Harding has the hot hand, but he wants to get Niklas Backstrom in the lineup at some point. The Wild has four days off after Saturday’s game.
Yeo was still pleased with his team’s overall effort last night. “You could argue that was one of our best games,” he told the media this afternoon. Yeo praised his team’s relentless pursuit and forecheck - outshooting a Capitals team who’s great on home ice. “We just need to figure out a way to close it out.”
Regular game day for the Wild tomorrow. Morning skate at 11:30 a.m. local time, with a 6 p.m. central time start on FOX Sports North and KFAN-FM.
Those of us who have been around the Wild for a long (long) time had a flashback this morning, as the team flew into an opposing city and then practiced. In recent years, the Wild has practiced at home and then flown into the other city at 2 p.m.
An up-tempo practice for the Wild at Xcel Energy Center this morning, after the team had Saturday off. The Wild departed after practice for a couple of days of team building in Duluth, including that Tuesday 10 a.m. open practice at Amsoil Arena. If you're going, and on Twitter (who isn't), use #mnwildinduluth.
The NHL roster deadline is tomorrow for Opening Night, but the Wild got down today, assigning Jason Zucker, Jake Dowell and Brett Bulmer to AHL Iowa. The Wild is at 23 players - although Mike Rupp has not skated with the team coming off an injury. Seeing as though the opener is four days away, the Wild could potentially put Mike Rupp on IR and recall a forward for opening night if needed.