Saturday, 10:30 p.m. CST (Postgame)
We're about to board the plane which was indeed late. Everyone is
screened, we're just waiting for them to finish loading catering.
It's about an hour flight to Chicago's Midway Airport, then we'll head
straight to our downtown hotel. Our pre-game skate is at 8:30 a.m. for a 6:00 p.m.
game so it's unlikely anyone will skate.Second period
A couple big goals in the final three minutes for Minnesota, as Bouchard and Skoula each scored. For Skoula, it was his first goal in 72 game, since March 2, 2008, against the Kings.
Our plane was a bit late taking off from Chicago for MSP, but we should be ok. The players have chicken parmesan and pasta in the locker room tonight, plus they have our regular food on the plane.
I’ll be back later on. A busy night up here. Robert the Intern is handling post-game notes, plus the Swarm game recap, since I’m leaving after the game.
A terrific first period for the Wild, and not just because it’s up 2-0. The Wild is outshooting the Red Wings 13-8 and is largely outplaying them, and has an 8-1 advantage in hits. But, as we know, things can change, so the Wild will have to keep it up. Owen Nolan has two goals in a first period for the third time this season. An awesome individual play on his second marker, which gave him the team lead with 17 this season. That’s his most since 2003-04. The Wild has a two-goal lead over Detroit at home for the first time since March 23, 2003 -- a 4-0 win.
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. CST
Andrew Brunette will have his string of 509 consecutive games played end tonight. He skated this morning but won’t play due to a lower body injury. Kim Johnsson will wear the “C” in his stead.
As expected, it will be Niklas Backstrom
in net for the Wild against Jimmy Howard, who is making his first start of the season. The former Maine Black Bears goaltender has one NHL win.
I’ll be shuttling between the press box and locker room quite a bit tonight, as Aaron Sickman is not here tonight, meaning I’ll be handling intermission and in-game interviews. So I’ll file blogs at the end of each period, and then something post-game from the airport. There’s “weather” in Chicago tonight, and our plane is scheduled to leave there within 30 minutes to come pick us up.Saturday, 11:30 a.m. CST
Andrew Brunette skated early and was out with team for practice. Kim Johnsson, Owen Nolan and Jacques Lemaire were not on the ice for the morning skate, but Brunette stayed for most of the skate before getting more treatment. He is a game-time decision according to Lemaire. Derek Boogaard was the last player on the ice. Niklas Backstrom
will start in net for the Wild.