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The R.S.S. Feed: Dec. 2, 2008

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
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Dec. 2, 2008

3 p.m. CST

Greetings from a busy day at the Wild offices. Before I forget, Kim Johnsson will be on KSTP 1500 AM tonight with Matt Thomas at 7:45 p.m.

No big news out of Wild practice today. It lasted around 45 minutes. Jacques Lemaire said he slept well after being so tired from watching all the goals last night. Lemaire enjoyed his talk with the media today around a round table. We had food brought in since today was NHL random drug testing day, so the players would be around the rink for a while after practice. The media all sat around the table, and it was quite funny. Jacques also took a nice shot at Kevin Falness of Wild radio, so make sure you listen to his PONDCast (click here).

I spent the morning updating game notes, and there were a lot of things to update after last night. Aaron Sickman updated the bios, while I handled the written portion of notes.

How about this? Since Nov. 18 (essentially the last two weeks), three NHL players sit atop the NHL in scoring. Their last names? Crosby, Ovechkin ... and Koivu. Pretty impressive. Koivu enters Wednesday’s game two assists shy of becoming the fifth player in team history with 100 points. Andrew Brunette remains a goal shy of 200 for his career, and Eric Belanger is a goal short of 100. Owen Nolan’s four-game goal streak is two games off his career-high and the franchise-record, set by Brian Rolston. And, since the Washington game Nov. 24, the Wild has a league-best 22 goals and 11 PPG. Those 11 PPG are six more than any other team in the NHL, amazingly enough.

I just got back from mentoring, where I spent 30 minutes doing some math problems with Jackson. Fortunately, I’ve been in a math mood since last night, which was really a dream for someone who is a stat and note freak like me.

Big night for the Wild players. Mikko Koivu and Kurtis Foster do Wild Unplugged, while Cal Clutterbuck is at Call of the Wild.

And that’s a wrap. I’ll be back Wednesday after the pre-game skate. Have something Wild-related on your mind? Drop a note to rstanzel@wild.com.



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