Hold on State of Hockey fans, things are about to get very interesting.
The Wild flew in to a balmy Edmonton for an afternoon practice at Rexall Place before re-starting the season after the Olympic break (yes, this might be the first time Edmonton has been described as balmy in a sentence, but compared to the State of Hockey this morning, it is downright tropical here).
The ice was reflecting the sun’s warm gaze at the John Rose OVAL in Roseville, as the Minnesota Wild played the game in its purest form, outside. With the weekend’s snowfall still clinging to the surrounding pines and a slight breeze scattering the fresh ice shavings, about 2,000 fans bundled up and came out to watch the Wild break into two teams and scrimmage at the outdoor rink, presented by Audi of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
The Minnesota Wild will host one of the fan favorite events this weekend.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, weather permitting, the club will hold an outdoor practice at the John Rose MN OVAL at 11 a.m., presented by Audi Minneapolis and Audi Saint Paul. The OVAL is located at 2661 Civic Center Drive in Roseville and the practice is free and open to the public.
The practice will help the club prepare for its post-Olympic schedule, which resumes in Edmonton on Feb. 27. The practice will follow the Olympic Gold Medal Game, which is earlier in the day.
The John Rose MN OVAL is the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America, featuring an 110,000 square foot slab of concrete used for the ice sports of speedskating, bandy, hockey, public skating and open hockey in the winter and inline skating in the spring, summer and fall. The OVAL has hosted events such as World Cup Speedskating, World and National Bandy Championships, and Aggressive Skating and Biking competitions. For more information on the John Rose MN OVAL visit skatetheoval.com.
The Lighthouse brings you a late post thanks to Snowmageddon, as we were busy stockpiling supplies like a Doomsday Prepper, gathering provisions for tomorrow’s Olympic semifinal matchups. Now that we’re comfortably loaded with frozen pizzas and plenty of thirst quenching icy beverages, we’re ready to sit down and write.
With the Olympic hockey tournament quarterfinal round wrapping up today, the Wild resumed this afternoon with a practice at Braemar Arena in Edina.
The Minnesota Wild would like nothing more than to start its Olympic break on a high note. To do that, the team will have to close things out tonight against the surging Nashville Predators. Although the Preds are in last place in the Central Division, it has a winning record (25-23-9: 59 points) and has earned at least a point in six of its last seven games.
The Minnesota Wild will play in its final game before the Olympic break tomorrow, hosting the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center.
“I don’t want to take it until after tomorrow’s game,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo joked about the break after the team’s practice. Well, he was probably serious, but it got a good laugh from the swarm of media in the scrum.
The Minnesota Wild has placed forward Stephane Veilleux on waivers. If he clears, he'll be reassigned to Iowa, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.
In 25 games with Minnesota, Veilleux has a goal and 19 penalty minutes.
The Minnesota Wild closes out a four-game road trip tonight against the Calgary Flames. Calgary is red hot on home ice, winning its past four games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. This will be the only game the Wild will play in Calgary this season and second of three meetings against the Flames. Minnesota has found success here recently, going 8-4-0 in its last 12 games.