Take a moment to imagine this scenario. You’re sitting in net, garbed in your finest goalie gear.
The rush is coming at you and Kyle Brodziak winds up and unleashes a shot. It goes high, right at your face.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu wasn’t at morning skate, presumably with his fiancée Helena, after the couple gave birth to a baby girl.
On the same day the Wild reduced its roster size to 28, one staple of its lineup was excused from practice – for good reason.
Mikko Koivu was absent from practice today as his fiancée Helena went into labor with their first child. Now if everything goes well, fans can expect Mikko in the lineup tomorrow night as the Wild take on the Blues in its fifth preseason game, and final one at home before the season opener Oct. 3 against the Kings.
Jake Dowell's on-ice battles are nothing compared to what the Wild forward faces off the ice.
Dowell's father, John, and brother, Luke, are both diagnosed with Huntington's disease, a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder with no cure. The disease slowly diminishes the person afflicted both physically and cognitively until death.
Ten days, people, 10 days until opening night.
Now that I’ve got you all excited with thoughts about the looming regular season and the promises it holds, including a nice distraction from yet another failed Twins season and the starting quarterback that is Christian Ponder, time to focus on today.
While Wild has checked off two preseason games, some players have yet to see any game action.
As Ryan Suter put it, days on days of practice is starting to feel like "Groundhog Day"—a classic I’ll admit I’ve never seen.
The Minnesota Wild is expected roll out its top line and D-pair tomorrow night when the club concludes a home-and-home series with the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild took the first game of the series in Winnipeg on Thursday, 4-1.
Slightly modifying what Badger Bob Johnson was known for saying, so far, it's been a great day for hockey.
The Minnesota Wild will travel to Winnipeg tomorrow for its first road preseason game against new Central Division rival, the Jets. The team will bring 22 players, but the official lineup is yet to be set. The Lighthouse will have a lineup card tomorrow after morning skate.
As the Minnesota Wild prepares to open its preseason at home tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club has made its first round of training camp reductions.
The Wild assigned G Alexandre Belanger to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the Quebec Major Junior League (QMJHL), D Dylan Labbe to the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) and released D Cody Corbett and LW Carter Sandlak from their amateur tryouts. Corbett was assigned to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Sandlak was assigned to the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
The Wild now has 47 players on its training camp roster fighting for spots on Opening Night on Oct. 3 at home against the Los Angeles Kings.