On Turkey Day eve, the Minnesota Wild will have its plate full against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings. Minnesota returns home after a three-game road trip, while the Kings enter to Xcel Energy Center hungry, winless in its previous two contests on the road.
Minnesota looks to avenge a 2-1 loss against the Kings at STAPLES Center on Oct. 19. The Wild outshot LA, 41-16, but Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that there isn’t much to take away from that early-season meeting. You don’t raise the Cup without depth and good coaching, something that Yeo pointed out. He knows the Wild have to bring a strong game against the reigning champs.
“I wouldn’t say that we learned anything, it was early in the season, I thought we had a good game,” Yeo said. “A good game isn’t good enough against that team.
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.
3:40 a.m. - About six hours after last night’s 3-2 win in Philadelphia wrapped up, the alarm goes off. Three-hours-before-dawn wake-up calls are not normally my thing, but when it’s been below freezing for two weeks and you’re headed to Tampa Bay, you hop right out of bed. Ok, not hop but you don’t groan too bad either.
I’m joining up with the Wild Fan Trip to bring you great photos and insights of these yearly ventures to a couple of road cities. The Wild partners with AAA Minneapolis on these trips - this one has almost 100 fans who’ve fled the Polar Vortex.
5:20 a.m. - 16 minutes from parking to gate (thanks MSP Terminal 2), andI decide to check out the brand-new, open-for-a-week Wild Restaurant inside the security checkpoint at Terminal 2. I suggest you do the same next time you’re there.
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 Wild was back on the ice today after a day off, skating at Xcel Energy Center before flying to Philadelphia to start a three-game road trip. The start time is officially 6 p.m. central Thursday, but puck drop will be just after 6:50 due to some pre-game festivities. FSN pre-game starts at 6, KFAN pre-game is on at 6:30.
The big news at practice was actually “leaked’ by Head Coach Mike Yeo to Paul Allen on KFAN this morning. Charlie
"Looking back at last year we lost Mikko, at a critical point, we got Charlie going in the middle,” Yeo told reporters after practice. “His speed and skill and size was a real factor in keeping our head above water in a tough time."
The Wild activated Josh Harding from Injured Reserve and placed him on waivers. If he clears at 11 a.m. tomorrow, he will be assigned to Iowa.
Chuck Fletcher spoke to Wild.com from Toronto, where he will attend tonight’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony.
“The reality is Josh hasn’t played a game since Dec. 31 of last season,” Fletcher said. “He missed training camp and the first month and a half of season. The most important thing for our organization, and Josh, is to give him the opportunity to regain the form of last season when he played so well for us.”
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.