An R.S.S. Feed mailbag is coming this Friday from Calgary. Send questions this week to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 1:45 p.m. CST
The six-game, 11-day road trip hasn’t even started yet, and it’s already started. Heavy snow (up to eight inches) is expected in the Twin Cities tomorrow. We’ve bumped our departure up a half hour, just to accommodate for de-icing, etc., but, it’s up to Mother Nature. We are in a hurry because after our three-hour flight, we have a scheduled practice at the Saddledome at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. So we’ll be in a big hurry.
I just e-mailed catering for tomorrow (Famous Dave’s) and made sure they adjusted their delivery time, too. All the food has to be loaded on the plane before we board.
We couldn’t leave any earlier than 12:30 tomorrow, because our plane (and crew) goes from Calgary to Los Angeles and then somewhere else, and there’s a certain number of hours they can fly in a day. It will be a restless night for many tonight, myself included.
Fewer than 10 players were on the ice today. Josh Harding
was the lone netminder. Owen Nolan took a couple of laps around the ice in a windsuit after the end of practice. He will be evaluated again later this week. The entire Wild active roster of 23 players is expected to be on our flight tomorrow.
The Wild has never been gone for six consecutive games. It had a six-game road trip during Year 1, but the All-Star break occurred after the first three games.
It’s a “three-suit” trip for most, although rumor has it Mike Greenlay is bringing four. Not to mention, for the second half of the trip, I’ll be lugging around a big winter coat for no reason. But I won’t complain about being in Southern California. I wonder if the paparazzi knows about the R.S.S. Feed.
I’ll have an early evening blog Thursday, but a blog nonetheless, probably from practice in Calgary. Wish me luck.