Jan. 31, 2009
12:15 p.m. PST
The game wasn’t the only thing tough about Edmonton Friday night. The weather was also not very nice. It took the team over 45 minutes to drive to the airport due to traffic and ice/snowy conditions. Winds of over 50 knots, combined with ice and snow, knocked out the power at the building we fly out of. With no power, the gate would not open to get to the plane, so the equipment truck had to drive around and find another gate to get enter through, the catering had to be walked through a dark building out to the plane and we had to walk through the same dark building to get to the plane.
Fortunately, by the time we got to the airport, the winds had slowed and the snow had stopped. We had to wait about 30 minutes to be de-iced and by then the runway was cleared for take-off. The flight to Vancouver was very bumpy. We arrived at the hotel around 1:15 a.m. Because of the late arrival, the coaches told the players there would be no morning skate.
Upon further review, a few of the players decided to do some light work, as Niklas Backstrom
, Pierre-Marc Bouchard
, Andrew Brunette, Kurtis Foster
, Colton Gillies and James Sheppard all skated this morning. Backstrom will start in net tonight for Minnesota.
Because we don’t play again until Wednesday, the Wild will come home tonight after the game. Normally, we stay over in Vancouver after a game and fly home the following morning so the team can get some rest. We are scheduled to arrive shortly after 4:00 a.m. and the team will have Sunday off before returning to practice Monday. Hopefully, we have a strong tail wind tonight and two points coming back from Vancouver.