A nice, snowy, welcome back to work for me today ...
The Wild held an hour-long skate, and Marc-Andre Bergeron was back on the ice. Jacques Lemaire gave the media a “we’ll see how he feels” when asked about Bergeron coming back possibly as soon as Tuesday’s game against Phoenix. Derek Boogaard, however, did not skate, nor did Owen Nolan, who went on the ice for a bit when Lemaire was addressing the media, but not in his full gear.
I’m not going to lie, there’s a lot to do on my first day back, including some news that will be very interesting to local Wild fans who want to see the team’s top prospects on TV in the Twin Cities -- more on that coming soon. I also managed to fight off sickness until last night.
The Wild has won six in a row against the Coyotes at home, by a combined 21-6 score that includes two shutouts. Niklas Backstrom has blanked Phoenix three times overall, and twice in St. Paul, but the Coyotes are currently among the top eight teams in the Western Conference, unlike the Wild.
Talk to everyone after tomorrow’s pre-game skate. I have several e-mails to answer in tomorrow’s blog. Feel free to join in: Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.