As the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt; and there’s no denying it applies to the Wild’s latest opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks.
The snow is finally dumping down on Minnesota, making December look like a wintery wonderland — outside of the road-rage-inducing, extra-long commutes of course.
The Wild’s lineup has been a little — how should we put it? — fluid lately. With a host of injuries picking on the forwards, Head Coach Mike Yeo has had to do his best fit the right pieces together like a 1,000 piece puzzle.
We'll just have wait and see who is on the ice during warm-ups tonight as the Minnesota Wild hosts the Colorado Avalanche on the front end of a home-and-home series.
Before the Wild takes on the Phoenix Coyotes at 7 p.m. tonight at Xcel Energy Center, the team makes a couple of roster moves.
Either Zach Parise can’t tell time or has Wolverine-like healing powers — or so it seemed.
To everyone’s surprise, Parise stood in his usual spot on the top line as the Wild started line rushes in morning skate. Those of us present questioned whether we had somehow all missed two to three weeks of time or unknowingly took a quick ride with Doc Brown.
The top of the Western Conference standings is more packed than I-94 during rush hour. Tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues kicks off a tough week for the Wild, where the Minnesota will face the Phoenix Coyotes (14-5-4, 32 points) and then skate in a home-and-home series with the surprising Colorado Avalanche (17-5-0, 34 points).
After last night’s Wild, 3-2, shootout win against the Winnipeg Jets, there were a lot of questions about the club’s lineup heading into its next matchup, tomorrow against Central Division foe, the St. Louis Blues.
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom has been activated from Injured Reserve. The netminder suffered an upper-body injury on Nov. 13 against Toronto and missed four games. He will backup Josh Harding tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.
The team reassigned goaltender Darcy Kuemper to the club's American Hockey League affiliate the Iowa Wild. Iowa plays at home against the Abbotsford Heat tonight.