5:49 p.m. EST
Back in business following four solid slices of pepperoni pizza and a salad for dinner tonight. Happy birthday to the Wild’s youngest player, Colton Gillies (20), and oldest player, Owen Nolan (37). Hopefully they both score a goal tonight in celebration!
The aftermath of Jacques Lemaire’s on-ice spill is still a hot topic as Fox Sports Detroit talked to him about it tonight when the team arrived at Joe Louis Arena. Lemaire, like most of the players this morning, stayed at the hotel today to catch up on some sleep.
Tom Reid continues to battle through knee surgery and was in the trainer’s room this morning, being treated by the team therapists. At dinner he said the treatment was helping as his knee felt much better than this morning. He is finally able to start eating again, as well, which should help him.
Enjoy the game!9:19 a.m. EST
Only six guys traveled to the rink this morning: Niklas Backstrom
, Derek Boogaard, Dan Fritsche, Josh Harding
, Colton Gillies and Peter Olvecky. Harding is expected to get the start tonight. Not many players on the ice this morning for the Red Wings, either.
On the ice for the Wild: Gillies, Boogaard, Olvecky, Harding, Fritsche.2 a.m. EST
The team departed shortly before 11 for Detroit on a Sun Country airplane. Things went very smoothly in that both teams had to screen in the same building before getting on their respective plane. Colorado uses the same charter company as the Wild and had use of a plane we would normally fly -- due to the number of teams flying tonight and a limited number of planes, we were bumped, but we will have a regular plane pick us up tomorrow night.
Only 12 first class seats and 150 coach seats on this one, but flight time was 1:10, so not too bad -- other than a bumpy landing because of the very high winds in Detroit. Crag Weller and Doug Risebrough did not travel with the team.
We arrived at hotel at 2 o'clock Eastern. Time for some sleep.
Already looking forward to enjoying a few slices of Little Caesar's pizza tomorrow night for dinner at Joe Louis Arena.