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The R.S.S. Feed: Feb. 23, 2009

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
Monday, 2 p.m. CST

Josh  Harding, last night’s hero with 44 saves in Chicago, will go on with KSTP-AM’s Matt Thomas tonight at 7:15 p.m. CST. He also taped an interview with WCCO Radio’s Mike Max this afternoon. I’m not sure when that will be aired tonight.

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A busy day over at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild will get a wily veteran back tomorrow night, but will apparently be without another one. Andrew Brunette (lower body injury) practiced today and is probable for Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles. Owen Nolan, however, has a broken toe and will miss Tuesday’s game. The team should know more Tuesday or Wednesday, once the swelling goes down.

Kurtis Foster was back on the ice with the Wild today after his two-week rehab stint with the Houston Aeros. The Wild, along with Foster, petitioned to extend the rehab stint longer than two weeks, but the request was denied. If Foster had stayed longer than two weeks, he would have had to clear waivers to come back to the Wild. So Foster is technically back on the “active” roster, bringing the Wild to its full 23-player limit for the first time in more than a month.

Fifteen Wild players were on the ice today for an optional skate, including Colton Gillies, who has recovered from a bout with the flu.

Josh Harding nearly made someone a million dollars in Chicago. They have a promotion where if a goal is scored by the Blackhawks at the 10:00 mark of the second period, a fan wins a million dollars, thanks to Illinois Lottery. In the game there Jan. 19, Martin Havlat scored at that time, and Niklas Backstrom joked he should get a cut. Well, last night, Jonathan Toews scored at the 10:03 mark, just three seconds away from yet another million dollar giveaway. I watched some of the second period with Backstrom in the locker room in the second period, and he’s still looking for his cut of the million!

There was no major drama coming home last night. It was quite the walk from the hangar, where we were screened to the plane. We had a little shuttle to bring Tom Reid and Gillies to the plane. We arrived at MSP around 11:15.

I’ll leave you with a note for tomorrow’s game, when the Wild tries to win three in a row for the first time since November. Five times since then the Wild has won back-to-back games, but lost in its attempt for three straight.
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