With two days off between games, the Wild held an optional skate at Xcel Energy Center. It turned into quite the game of shinny. Because of the lack of bodies, Brad Bombardir, Mario Tremblay, Mike Ramsey and Matt Shaw all suited up. The undisputed No. 1 star of the game was Stephane Veilleux
, who had three goals. Kurtis Foster
explained that Veilleux, the No. 2 overall pick in today’s shinny draft, should always go first overall because he works so hard and takes it so seriously.
Afterward, Jacques Lemaire talked about Veilleux’s strong play of late. Veilleux has five goals in the last seven games, and is the team’s leading goal scorer in that span. Lemaire also talked about Brian Rolston and how good he was for the Wild, which faces Rollie in New Jersey on Friday.
The Gophers hockey team was moving equipment into one of the auxiliary locker rooms today, as they will practice later this afternoon in advance of Thursday’s Final Five game against the UMD Bulldogs.
In an unusual move, the Wild will skate in the Twin Cities before flying to Newark tomorrow afternoon, for Friday’s game against the Devils. There aren’t a lot of options for ice time in the greater Metropolitan area. We’ll do the same next Monday before flying to Newark and then bussing across the river to stay in Manhattan to take on the Rangers. More on that trip to come.