Greetings from the visitors bench at Air Canada Centre, where the Wild has just hit the ice for the morning skate in advance of tonight's game against the Leafs. Gametime is 6:21 p.m. CT, with the late start due to a Remembrance Day ceremony. If you have NHL Center Ice, you can also watch tonight's Leafs TV broadcast, which will feature a warm-up interview with Brent Burns.
Are you following the Wild on Twitter at twitter.com/mnwild? You should be, great chances this week to win autographs or Wild tickets by guessing the Wild player by his Movember mustache. Yours truly, by the way, is also sporting one, as I figure I shouldn't make fun of these guys for the fuzzy caterpillars on their top lip if I don't give them a chance to reciprocate.
It's been a smooth trip so far - we got to the hotel around 4:30 pm last night. The hockey department attended the Hall of Fame induction, while several of us headed to Gretzky's Restaurant for an XM Radio party. We talk to so many Toronto media throughout the course of the season, it's nice to put some faces with names.
It's a light load on the trip thus far, since ther's no Wild TV broadcast tonight. We'll have 6 folks joining us in Tampa tomorrow. Owner Craig Leipold is with us on this trip as we'll.
We have a long night ahead of us tonight. As is custom coming back into the states, we fly out of the main terminal at the airport, clearing customs just like we were flying commercial. It's quite the drive to the airport here too, as it is from Tampa airport to our hotel there after a nearly three-hour flight.
We have a "dress and drive" practice scheduled in Tampa tomorrow due to a Smokey Robinson on ice tribute at the Times Forum.
It's my first time in Toronto since going to Blue Jays/Yankee games as a kid, pre Skydome days. Waking up to a sunrise over Lake Ontario was stunning.
Any behind the scenes questions for me this trip? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The RSS Feed should be back for the rest of this trip. Making sure everything runs smoothly is a lot of work, and I'm glad Glen is on board to bring you the news of the day.