An up-tempo practice for the Wild at Xcel Energy Center this morning, after the team had Saturday off. The Wild departed after practice for a couple of days of team building in Duluth, including that Tuesday 10 a.m. open practice at Amsoil Arena. If you're going, and on Twitter (who isn't), use #mnwildinduluth.
The NHL roster deadline is tomorrow for Opening Night, but the Wild got down today, assigning Jason Zucker, Jake Dowell and Brett Bulmer to AHL Iowa. The Wild is at 23 players - although Mike Rupp has not skated with the team coming off an injury. Seeing as though the opener is four days away, the Wild could potentially put Mike Rupp on IR and recall a forward for opening night if needed.
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.