After a dominating stretch in the comfy confines of Xcel Energy Center, the Minnesota Wild takes its show on the road tonight in Montreal, in front of an always raucous Bell Centre crowd.
Consistency is a beautiful thing. It helps keep life sane and in focus.
Welcome to the Friday everyone; that wonderful day of the week where we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the weekend has finally arrived.
After a hard-hitting tilt last night, the Wild held a very optional skate this morning.
While breaks are always a nice way to unwind and take your mind off things, they must come to an end. And it’s about time; the Lighthouse was getting restless.
At times hockey is a serious business. And at other times, Matt Cooke dumps a stick blade full of snow on your head.
Today wasn’t the first time the Lighthouse witnessed Cooke pull this prank, but the young Jonas Brodin was his latest victim.
There’s nothing quite like a fall Sunday; a day to unwind and watch a little football, maybe rake a few leaves.
Head Coach Mike Yeo was able to do just that yesterday, with a much-needed day off. But try and he might, his mind is never far from hockey.
The Wild held an optional practice today at the Rec Zone in Raleigh, although everyone went to PNC Arena for treatment, meetings, etc. Some Wild players even practiced their jump shots on the basketball court - NC State plays Appalachian State tonight, the reason for the “dress and drive” practice.
Not a lot of news today. Zach Parise and Clayton Stoner are both feeling better. Mike Yeo said he won’t know about the lineup until tomorrow. That goes with the goalie situation too. Josh Harding has the hot hand, but he wants to get Niklas Backstrom in the lineup at some point. The Wild has four days off after Saturday’s game.
Yeo was still pleased with his team’s overall effort last night. “You could argue that was one of our best games,” he told the media this afternoon. Yeo praised his team’s relentless pursuit and forecheck - outshooting a Capitals team who’s great on home ice. “We just need to figure out a way to close it out.”
Regular game day for the Wild tomorrow. Morning skate at 11:30 a.m. local time, with a 6 p.m. central time start on FOX Sports North and KFAN-FM.
Those of us who have been around the Wild for a long (long) time had a flashback this morning, as the team flew into an opposing city and then practiced. In recent years, the Wild has practiced at home and then flown into the other city at 2 p.m.
Minnesota Wild has reassigned forward Carson McMillan to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.
McMillan was recalled by Minnesota for the second time this season on Nov. 3 and skated in the Wild’s 4-0 victory over New Jersey Sunday night logging 8:06 of ice time. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound native of Brandon, Man., has registered five points (2-3=5), a plus-2 rating and 11 penalty minutes in 16 career NHL contests with Minnesota.
He has tallied six points (2-4=6) including one game-winning goal and a plus-4 rating in seven games with Iowa this season. The 25-year-old ranks tied for second on the team in scoring and tied for first in plus-minus rating.