Dec. 12, 2008
3 p.m. PST
What looked to be big news at the start of practice turned out to be much ado about nothing. Brent Burns was one of seven defensemen sporting a red jersey during practice, but, afterward, Jacques Lemaire said Burns would not play defense tomorrow afternoon, even though he played defense in the third period in Phoenix.
Lemaire wants to continue giving ice time to Erik Reitz and, with Marian Gaborik still not ready to play, Burns will continue to skate at wing. Gaborik skated with a four-man “fourth” line of Boogaard, Sheppard and Weller. The Kings practiced before the Wild today at the Toyota Sports Center.
In traffic news, it took 25 minutes to get to practice and an hour to get back to the hotel due to traffic. Only four players were on bus back to the hotel after practice -- most guys were going to enjoy some sunshine and maybe do some holiday shopping in Beverly Hills.
Early start tomorrow, so there's no morning skate, except for Gaborik. The team will bus to Anaheim immediately after the game and should be to the hotel no later than 5 p.m.
Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu
- Antti MiettinenPierre-Marc Bouchard
- Eric Belanger - Stephane VeilleuxCal Clutterbuck
- Benoit Pouliot - Colton Gillies
Derek Boogaard - James Sheppard - Marian Gaborik - Craig Weller11:40 am PST
The team arrived at the hotel at approximately 11:45 p.m. last night, and Deon made the drive from LAX to the hotel in under 25 minutes, which was very impressive.
Players were able to sleep in this morning, as the bus will leave at 12:15 p.m. for a 1:30 p.m. practice at the Kings practice facility in El Segundo.
The Internet situation at the hotel is not good today -- my ethernet connection does not work and the wireless signal is hit and miss. This is not good news for Assistant Coach Matt Shaw, who called this morning at 8:43 a.m. (I might have still been sleeping) to see if he could use my ethernet connection (my room is on one of the two floors that are hard-wired, supposedly) so he could download video from the Kings game against St. Louis last night for the coaches to watch today.
Unfortunately, wireless doesn’t cut it when you are downloading huge video files and with no ethernet connection (1-800 people were not helpful). Matt was still in search of an answer when he left. Game notes are also not fun to update on wireless, so our intern Robert is going to help take care of them this afternoon. Unfortunately for us, when you are on a three-game losing streak and having a hard time scoring, there aren’t a lot of good positive notes you can make up.
In case you were wondering, I found out from Elias last night (figured the phone call would change our karma) that the Wild’s longest consecutive scoreless streak is 169:47 (3/11/01-3/18/01) -- Antti Miettinen’s third period goal snapped a scoreless streak at 148:08. And the last time the club lost three consecutive games in regulation was Dec. 12-16, 2007. Minnesota hasn’t lost four games in a row since a four-game streak Nov. 20-28, 2003.