After a fun day at practice yesterday, it was all business at the Minnesota Wild’s morning skate before taking on the Anaheim Ducks.
After a day off yesterday, the Minnesota Wild had a “work disguised as fun,” practice in Anaheim, as Head Coach Mike Yeo put it.
The Minnesota Wild embarks on its third West Coast road trip of the season, arriving in San Jose today. The Wild’s four-game roadie will be challenging, kicking things off against the Sharks (33-12-6: 72 pts., fourth in the West) tomorrow.
After flying out from Minnesota this morning, the team headed straight to HP Pavilion for practice—not the Lighthouse’s dream scenario since the local temp is around 66 degrees and we’ve been suffering from a severe vitamin D deficiency thanks to the polar vortex holding the State of Hockey hostage.
Zach Parise was full of smiles as he spoke in the locker room after the Wild’s optional morning skate and it wasn’t because one of the local reports asked him about the Team USA Olympic opening ceremony outfit.
Parise will re-enter the lineup tonight as the Wild hosts the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center. The forward was initially injured when he blocked a shot against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 25. He missed the next game and battled through 12 games, before going on Injured Reserve on Dec. 23.
As the media took in practice this morning, the anticipation for tomorrow’s lineup was growing.
Though Hockey Day Minnesota 2014 is (sadly) behind us, it didn’t stop the Wild from cracking jokes about Nate Prosser’s overtime heroics Saturday night.
The Minnesota Wild has reassigned defenseman Jonathon Blum to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Blum skated in four games with Minnesota after being recalled from Iowa on Dec. 30 and averaged 12:13 in time on ice per game. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound native of Long Beach, Calif., has recorded 22 points (7-15=22) and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 95 career NHL games with Nashville and Minnesota. The 24-year-old has tallied 17 points (4-13=17) in 31 games with Iowa this season.
When Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo was asked if he was ready to put Tuesday behind him this morning, he kept a straight face and cracked, “yeah, it’s Thursday.”
Sustaining an injury and missing a handful of games isn't an ideal situation, especially if you’re Zach Parise.
Despite missing a number of key players, the Minnesota Wild continues to chug along in the New Year, winning five of six contests in 2014. While there is no timetable on return of four of its key veterans (Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Josh Harding and Jared Spurgeon), the team had some good news on the injury front as one skated on his own this morning before practice and another joined the club for today’s morning skate before taking on the Ottawa Senators at Xcel Energy Center tonight.