3:40 a.m. - About six hours after last night’s 3-2 win in Philadelphia wrapped up, the alarm goes off. Three-hours-before-dawn wake-up calls are not normally my thing, but when it’s been below freezing for two weeks and you’re headed to Tampa Bay, you hop right out of bed. Ok, not hop but you don’t groan too bad either.
I’m joining up with the Wild Fan Trip to bring you great photos and insights of these yearly ventures to a couple of road cities. The Wild partners with AAA Minneapolis on these trips - this one has almost 100 fans who’ve fled the Polar Vortex.
5:20 a.m. - 16 minutes from parking to gate (thanks MSP Terminal 2), andI decide to check out the brand-new, open-for-a-week Wild Restaurant inside the security checkpoint at Terminal 2. I suggest you do the same next time you’re there.
The Minnesota Wild looks to keep things sunny in Philadelphia. The Wild sails into the City of Brotherly love on a three-game win streak, tonight facing the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
The start of the game will be pivotal for Minnesota, as the Flyers are coming off a 2-0 loss on the road last night against the New York Rangers. The Wild has failed to score the first goal in four-straight road games, but would like to buck that trend.
The Wild was back on the ice today after a day off, skating at Xcel Energy Center before flying to Philadelphia to start a three-game road trip. The start time is officially 6 p.m. central Thursday, but puck drop will be just after 6:50 due to some pre-game festivities. FSN pre-game starts at 6, KFAN pre-game is on at 6:30.
The big news at practice was actually “leaked’ by Head Coach Mike Yeo to Paul Allen on KFAN this morning. Charlie
"Looking back at last year we lost Mikko, at a critical point, we got Charlie going in the middle,” Yeo told reporters after practice. “His speed and skill and size was a real factor in keeping our head above water in a tough time."
The Wild activated Josh Harding from Injured Reserve and placed him on waivers. If he clears at 11 a.m. tomorrow, he will be assigned to Iowa.
Chuck Fletcher spoke to Wild.com from Toronto, where he will attend tonight’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony.
“The reality is Josh hasn’t played a game since Dec. 31 of last season,” Fletcher said. “He missed training camp and the first month and a half of season. The most important thing for our organization, and Josh, is to give him the opportunity to regain the form of last season when he played so well for us.”
The Minnesota Wild has activated forward Zach Parise from Injured Reserve. The 30-year-old has missed the previous five games after suffering a concussion on Nov. 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Wild also places defenseman Jonas Brodin on IR, retroactive Nov. 11. He's missed two games due to illness.
When pressure mounts on an object, the weight of the force can crush it or the body can develop a tough exterior.
On a four-game losing streak, the Minnesota Wild’s resolve will be tested yet again as the team hosts the Buffalo Sabres. Defensemen Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella will be out with an illness. They are experiencing comparable symptoms to Christian Folin and Keith Ballard, which kept them out for multiple games.
With the health of four players affected in less than a month, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo has reasons to be concerned. It seems as though the virus is circling the team’s locker room.
It will not come from forward Zach Parise, who is doubtful as he recovers from a concussion. Parise has missed the last three games after leaving during the team’s Oct. 4 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team could see a blue line boost from Jared Spurgeon. The defenseman went into the boards awkwardly against the San Jose Sharks and has missed five games. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that the team will know his availably tomorrow, but sounded optimistic about his return.
Amidst a three-game road swing, the Minnesota Wild returned to the State of Hockey for a few days before shipping out to take on the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at 6 p.m. CST. Today, the team traversed the snow-slicked streets for a ‘road’ practice, skating at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus before leaving for the Garden State.
It might’ve been a dreary day for the snow-anxious outside, but despite a three-game losing streak, spirits were much higher than the sidewalk slush, as the three injured players re-joined the Wild for practice. Goaltender Josh Harding, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Jared Spurgeon all wore red non-contact jerseys during the practice. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo could feel an uptick in energy.
Lapointe helped the Canadiens raise six Stanley Cups in the 1970s. He played 777 games with the Canadiens, scoring 166 goals and adding 406 assists for 572 points. The blueliner also played for the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins before ending his Hall of Fame career in 1984. He finished with 622 points (171-451=622) in 894 games.
In an 82-game season, every National Hockey League team will have to deal with injuries at some point. Without its leading scorer, Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild will be put to the test tonight as the team kicks off a three-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators.
Parise left Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and after seeing doctors yesterday was diagnosed with a concussion. He didn’t travel with the team and there is no timetable on his return.
“Obviously, a big blow to us,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said. “It came on during the course of the game; luckily he was talking to our trainers and our trainers took the appropriate steps to meet with the doctors.”
In Parise’s absence, Thomas Vanek will move to the wing with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville. Vanek and Pominville have experience playing together as members of the Buffalo Sabres and hope to rekindle the chemistry they had there.