1:15 p.m. CST
New into Wild.com: “You Don’t Know Cal,” featuring Barry Brust, Cal Clutterbuck
and Derek Boogaard. It’s must-see Internet TV: click here
The long wait is almost over, as the Wild plays host to Calgary tomorrow night in its first game since Saturday. The players are ready to get back at it. Wild Radio’s Kevin Falness asked Mikko Koivu
about Saturday, and Koivu said “Saturday?” as if forgetting it ever happened.
The Wild was on the ice for about 70 minutes today, longer than a usual day-before-game practice. Primarily, the team worked on some full ice game situations, like 5-on-5 and 3-on-2. Toward the end of practice, the players did some 3-on-3 work “down low,” working on individual battles around the net.
Jacques Lemaire had the following things to say:
“Four days should be good. We know what's coming. We'll need all the energy we can get. These teams are on top of our league and playing well.
“We need to be more consistent in our way of playing. We have one good period, or two good periods, but I don't recall having a lot of games where we played good through all the game. This is what we have to do.”
Lemaire said not all of his players were sharp today, but that was to be expected, since more than half the team wasn’t on the ice for two of the last three days. But, he says, the pre-game skate is another practice to prepare, and he isn’t worried about those guys.
Derek Boogaard (ill) missed his third straight day of practice. Every other eligible player was on the ice. The lines were as follows:
Both newspapers were on hand today, along with a couple of TV cameras, and both Falness and Bob Kurtz from Wild Radio. Clutterbuck once again chirped at the PR guy about his wardrobe, this time telling him to unbutton the top button on his jacket. Old man winter has returned, Cal…
I’m about to send some pre-game notes out to all media for tomorrow night’s game. Plus, one of the Calgary beat writer’s computer died, so I’m trying to help him track one down to use in the next 48 hours. I’ll talk to everyone after the pre-game skate tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s press meal:
Beef and barley soup
Oven roasted turkey with bourbon pecan sauce
Walleye fish fry
Baked potato bar