The Minnesota Wild’s four-game road trip has gone by in a breeze, tonight concluding in the Windy City. The Wild closes out its season series against a banged up Chicago Blackhawks squad. After last year’s first round exit to the hands of the Hawks, the Wild has owned Chicago this season, going 3-1-0 against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
After a long day of travel yesterday, the Minnesota Wild was back on the ice at the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice facility, Johnny’s Icehouse, just down the road from the United Center, and was met by a friendly face.
When Jonathon Blum started playing hockey, it wasn’t on the ice with a pair of skates like many of his more northern counterparts. The Long Beach, Cal., native started playing in tennis shoes on the cul-de-sac in front of his house with a ball, using the gutters as goals.
It’s not a do-or-die game for the Minnesota Wild, but after consecutive losses, it sure does feel that way. Currently holding the first Wild Card and seventh spot in the Western Conference, Minnesota is one point ahead of tonight’s opponent, the Phoenix Coyotes.
After a relaxing pair of game-free days, the Wild is back at it tonight against longtime rival, the Vancouver Canucks.
It has been quite the grind lately and even though the Lighthouse doesn’t suit up, we’re feeling it too.
Hello State of Hockey. The Lighthouse is coming at you today from the beautiful Xcel Energy Center and the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Tournament.
As the Minnesota Wild closes out its three-game road trip, the big story line is Zach Parise’s return to New Jersey to face his former team, the Devils. Wild.com ran a feature on Parise’s return including a WildTV video, here, so we won’t get into it in the Lighthouse. However, WildTV will post the video from Parise’s media scrum, which was thicker than New Jersey Turnpike traffic.
Two former New York Islanders, now wearing Minnesota Wild sweaters, will return to Long Island tonight. Forwards Matt Moulson and Nino Niederreiter had very different experiences with the Isles, but each will visit Nassau Coliseum for the first time since being traded.
There is no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than Boston, and tonight the Minnesota Wild will commemorate the holiday in Bean Town against the Bruins.