After a day off the ice to recuperate, the Minnesota Wild will close out a three-game road trip against the Florida Panthers. The team had a meeting yesterday and an off-ice workout in order to recharge the batteries as it looks to close out the roadie on a high note.
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom gets the nod in net tonight against the Panthers. The netminder looks to rebound after his last outing when he was pulled after three third-period goals against the Winnipeg on Nov. 16. The 35-year-old played well in the first two periods, but hit a bit of bad luck as one of the tallies came on a redirection and the other bounced in off the back of his leg.
The Minnesota Wild’s morning meeting had a little different vibe before the team took the ice for its pregame skate in Tampa Bay. Head Coach Mike Yeo invited the fathers and mentors, who are on the trip as the club closes the Florida portion of the roadie, into the room.
“They were pretty quiet, I felt like a school teacher,” Yeo joked. “I asked a couple of questions and nobody wanted to talk.
“A couple of guys started to raise their hands, and their sons grabbed their arms to make sure they couldn’t raise it.”
Yeo cracked that he didn’t show any power play footage so that the fathers and mentors wouldn’t have any pointers.
The Minnesota Wild looks to keep things sunny in Philadelphia. The Wild sails into the City of Brotherly love on a three-game win streak, tonight facing the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
The start of the game will be pivotal for Minnesota, as the Flyers are coming off a 2-0 loss on the road last night against the New York Rangers. The Wild has failed to score the first goal in four-straight road games, but would like to buck that trend.
The Minnesota Wild has activated forward Zach Parise from Injured Reserve. The 30-year-old has missed the previous five games after suffering a concussion on Nov. 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Wild also places defenseman Jonas Brodin on IR, retroactive Nov. 11. He's missed two games due to illness.
When pressure mounts on an object, the weight of the force can crush it or the body can develop a tough exterior.
On a four-game losing streak, the Minnesota Wild’s resolve will be tested yet again as the team hosts the Buffalo Sabres. Defensemen Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella will be out with an illness. They are experiencing comparable symptoms to Christian Folin and Keith Ballard, which kept them out for multiple games.
With the health of four players affected in less than a month, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo has reasons to be concerned. It seems as though the virus is circling the team’s locker room.
It will not come from forward Zach Parise, who is doubtful as he recovers from a concussion. Parise has missed the last three games after leaving during the team’s Oct. 4 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team could see a blue line boost from Jared Spurgeon. The defenseman went into the boards awkwardly against the San Jose Sharks and has missed five games. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that the team will know his availably tomorrow, but sounded optimistic about his return.
Amidst a three-game road swing, the Minnesota Wild returned to the State of Hockey for a few days before shipping out to take on the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at 6 p.m. CST. Today, the team traversed the snow-slicked streets for a ‘road’ practice, skating at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus before leaving for the Garden State.
It might’ve been a dreary day for the snow-anxious outside, but despite a three-game losing streak, spirits were much higher than the sidewalk slush, as the three injured players re-joined the Wild for practice. Goaltender Josh Harding, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Jared Spurgeon all wore red non-contact jerseys during the practice. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo could feel an uptick in energy.
Lapointe helped the Canadiens raise six Stanley Cups in the 1970s. He played 777 games with the Canadiens, scoring 166 goals and adding 406 assists for 572 points. The blueliner also played for the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins before ending his Hall of Fame career in 1984. He finished with 622 points (171-451=622) in 894 games.
In an 82-game season, every National Hockey League team will have to deal with injuries at some point. Without its leading scorer, Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild will be put to the test tonight as the team kicks off a three-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators.
Parise left Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and after seeing doctors yesterday was diagnosed with a concussion. He didn’t travel with the team and there is no timetable on his return.
“Obviously, a big blow to us,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said. “It came on during the course of the game; luckily he was talking to our trainers and our trainers took the appropriate steps to meet with the doctors.”
In Parise’s absence, Thomas Vanek will move to the wing with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville. Vanek and Pominville have experience playing together as members of the Buffalo Sabres and hope to rekindle the chemistry they had there.
The early exit polls show that the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins are statistically two of the best teams in the National Hockey League. Both are among the league leaders in a number of categories including: goals for (Wild’s 3.4 is third, Pens’ 4.1 is first); goals against (Wild first 1.8, Pens’ 2.2 is 11th); shots on goal (Wild’s 35 per game is second, Pens’ 31.1 is ninth); and scoring differential (Wild’s 1.6 is second, Pens’ 1.9 is first).
The lone statistical disparity comes on the power play. However, even political numerical prognosticator, Nate Silver, couldn’t have forecast the statistical anomalies on the man advantage of both teams through 10 games.