Friday, 1:45 p.m. EST
Practice at Parade Ice Garden went a little longer than expected today following back-to-back games. As Jacques Lemaire explained to the media afterward that he likes to keep practice shorter as the season goes on, but when you are working on things like the power play, it takes more time.
Jacques had the Wild working on getting players to the net with the man advantage.
Eric Belanger and Mikko Koivu
did not skate today but are both expected to be in the lineup tomorrow. Niklas Backstrom
will get the nod in net for Minnesota. Craig Weller participated in the entire practice. Ottawa is scheduled to arrive this afternoon from Philadelphia, following a 5-2 win over the Flyers last night.