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.
The Lighthouse would never claim that math is its strong suit, but on maybe the most celebrated math-related day that also involves baked goods, we’re all for it.
For the first time in a long, long time, the Lighthouse took a stroll outside on its way to Xcel Energy Center for the Minnesota Wild’s morning skate. Yes, it seems spring is finally in the air (fingers crossed) and the Wild looks to warm up from its recent cold stretch, tonight hosting the New York Rangers.
Shootout points are fickle things in the National Hockey League. Win a shootout and the extra point, and everything is hunky-dory. Drop a couple shootouts in a row and suddenly you’re on a losing streak.
When Matt Cooke laced up his skates for his first National Hockey League game, he was nervous; the butterflies were thrashing around in his stomach like wet clothes in a dryer. Making it to 1,000 games might’ve been the furthest thing from his mind.
Every month the Wild teams up with a local charity and sponsors it as the Charity of the Month. This March, the charity hits extra close to the Wild’s heart as Harding’s Hope gets this month’s honors.
Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Wild tonight.
The netminder was acquired Tuesday, in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, to add some needed depth between the pipes as goaltender Niklas Backstrom has been shut down for the foreseeable future.