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.
The Minnesota Wild was hit in the face with a cold dose of winter as it climbed off the team plane today in Winnipeg, but quickly had to shake off the cold for an afternoon practice at the MTS Centre. The team takes on the Jets tomorrow for its first regular season game in Winnipeg this year.
Earlier today, the Minnesota Wild recalled forward Jason Zucker from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa, and the winger will be in the lineup tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
After a dominating stretch in the comfy confines of Xcel Energy Center, the Minnesota Wild takes its show on the road tonight in Montreal, in front of an always raucous Bell Centre crowd.
Consistency is a beautiful thing. It helps keep life sane and in focus.
Welcome to the Friday everyone; that wonderful day of the week where we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the weekend has finally arrived.