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The R.S.S. Feed: March 21, 2009

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
Saturday, 1:15 p.m. CDT


* Wild TV
 Jacques Lemaire
Head Coach, Jacques Lemaire, talks about the impact Gaborik will have on the line up and what it will take to defeat Sunday's opponent, Edmonton
Leading his press availability off with "I'm excited to play tomorrow," Marian Gaborik proclaimed himself ready to go Sunday, when he anticipates playing for the first time since before Christmas.

Gaborik, who had hip surgery in early January, skated today with Eric Belanger and Stephane Veilleux today, but Jacques Lemaire cautioned the large media contingent not to read too much into it. Two TV stations, Wild.com, both newspapers and Izzy Pressley were all at the rink this morning; Saturday is usually pretty calm, but not with Gaborik coming back.

Also lots of autograph-seekers with the kids out of school.

The line combos were as follows:
Brunette-Koivu-Miettinen
Nolan-Sheppard-Bouchard
Veilleux-Belabger-Gaborik
Boogaard-Olvecky-Clutterbuck
Weller-Fritsche-Gillies

Marek Zidlicky (lower body injury) did not skate today. He and Brent Burns (concussion like symptoms) were both at the rink but not on the ice.

The Wild has won nine straight at home over the Oilers, who are playing well and are 5-1-4 in their last 10. Edmonton is up to seventh in the West with 79 points, two up on eighth-place Nashville, and five up on the Wild.

I'm happy to report that Josh Harding and I are tied after two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Colton Gillies joked around with me, saying "nice blog" on Thursday -- faithful readers will recall that I pointed out Gillies' selection of "Y-U-K-O-N" on his bracket. Gillies is just a great kid.

What a great spring day in Minnesota. I'm off to enjoy the rest of it. Talk to everyone before the game Sunday. The Wild won't have a morning skate.

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