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The R.S.S. Feed: Nov. 1, 2008

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild

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Oct. 31 Wild News ...
The club announced Friday that Mikko  Koivu, who opened the season as the team's captain, would continue wearing the 'C' for the month of November
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Nov. 1, 2008


What a gritty win by the shorthanded Wild over a Coyotes team that had just routed the Penguins.

Losing Burns in warm-ups, and Mojzis early on, the night was capped by Eric Belanger's third-period goal. A great night for Belanger.

Unsung hero award to Cal Clutterbuck. Lemaire told the youngster to shoot more. He had three shots, two missed shots and four hits in 10:32. Oh and he blocked two shots. With a takeaway. And killed 1:17 of penalty time.

Koivu was Koivu. And he won 16 of 24 faceoffs.

I'll touch base at practice in San Jose tomorrow. Everyone knows to turn their clocks back tonight, I just hope today's "smart phones" know the difference.

3rd period

Former NHL enforcer Tyson Nash is now doing color for Coyotes radio, and from what I've heard tonight in the elevator and concourse, he's doing a bang-up job. Also a note off Coyotes radio - I never realized how much (Martin) Hanzal sounds like Stanzel until tonight!

I'll be back at the puck drop for the third period.

I spent the last five minutes or so in the off-ice officials room. Couple of things wrong with the gamesheet. First, the second assist on the Koivu goal goes to Colton Gillies and not Stephane Veilleux, who wasn't on the ice. Secondly, for Jokinen's second goal, they had every Wild player on the ice wrong. So that's all changed now.


Puck dropped, 20 (or maybe 25?) more minutes from Phoenix. Game tied 2-2.


A hooking minor to Marc-Andre Bergeron sets the stage for a Coyotes power play. Phoenix is 1-for-3 thus far.


Injury update: Tomas Mojzis with upper body injury, won't return tonight. Fortunately the Wild has two days off before playing Tuesday in San Jose to hopefully get healthy.


Not a lot of scoring chances so far either way in the third, much of the game is being played in the neutral zone.


As I began packing up for the trip downstairs, the Wild goes back on top 3-2! Eric Belanger takes a rebound low in the left circle and one times it by Bryzgalov. Nice play by Marc-Andre Bergeron causing a Peter Mueller turnover at the point and firing on net. And I'll be back post-game.

2nd period

I'm back from downstairs, where as expected, nothing much was going on. I grabbed a phone, and having already paid for the pizza ($140 with tip) I headed back upstairs, waiting a couple minutes for an elevator. I'll be back once we're underway.

In preparation for the second period, I've guzzled some hot chocolate to take the chill off. It's 63 degrees in the building today with 40 percent humidity, so says a board downstairs I pass on the way to the locker room. Yesterday it was colder, 61 degrees with 35 percent humidity. But it's chilly, no doubt about it, especially down near the ice.


We're underway, with Minnesota controlling the faceoff in the waning seconds of a power play. Which they don't score on.

Benoit Pouliot with one of the prettiest goals you'll see all year, with a nice individual move in traffic before sending a shot by Ilya Bryzgalov. Unfortunately we won't see a replay in house. We also notice we are down to 17 skaters on the bench, meaning someone is missing. We'll have an update when we can. It's 1-1. James Sheppard and Nick Schultz with assists on Pouliot's third of the season.

Todd Fedoruk with a great chance, stopped by Niklas Backstrom, but Fedoruk bowls over Backstrom after getting tripped up by Cal Clutterbuck.

James Sheppard tips a shot from Martin Skoula at the left point just wide of the net. Good tip attempt though by Sheppard.

A diving Erik Reitz breaks up a 2-on-1 after Marc-Andre Bergeron pinched at the blueline. And it's Tomas Mojzis who isn't on the bench. I'll try to have an update between periods.


The Wild continues to pelt Bryzgalov with shots, 22-11 is the total at this point.

And it's 2-1 Wild, drawing some good applause from some Wild fans to the left of me. Mikko Koivu takes a pass from Antti Miettinen and quickly snaps a shot inside the left post from between the circles. Stephane Veilleux also records an assist, his first helper of the season.


An interesting note about Ilya Bryzgalov. He is 3-1 in the post-season against Minnesota, with each game coming in the 2007 conference quarterfinals when he played for Anaheim. But in the regular season, Bryzgalov is 0-4-0, allowing at least three goals each time.


And it's time for me to head downstairs again. I'll be back after two.

End 2nd

The Wild power play had been so good until its last game. It went 0-for-10 that night, and allowed a shorthanded goal to Olli Jokinen to tie things up 2-2 late in the second. Jokinen wrested the puck from Kim Johnsson inside the Wild blueline and as Johnsson hooked him (penalty would have been upcoming), Jokinen slides the puck by Niklas Backstrom.

1st period

Welcome to the R.S.S. Feed for tonight's Wild?Coyotes tilt. Since there is no TV for either side tonight, I trust you'll let myself, along with Wild Radio's Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid, bring you home.

Before I forget, you'll want to tune into WCCO Radio's Sports Huddle Sunday at 11:05 a.m. for Sid & Dave's interview with Kurtis Foster. The time is subject to change, but 11:05 is what we're aiming for.

I rode the elevator upstairs with Sean Burke, the former NHL goalie now serving as the Coyotes' director of prospects development.

Keith Yandle and Brian McGrattan are out for Phoenix. As expected, Tomas Mojzis, Owen Nolan and Craig Weller are scratched for the Wild, whose starters are Niklas Backstrom, Kim Johnsson, Nick Schultz, Andrew Brunette, Mikko Koivu and Antti Miettinen. Former Wild winger Todd Fedoruk is starting for the Coyotoes, alongside Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen, who by the way, is second to only Andrew Brunette on the NHL's consecutive games played list.

We're underway. Phoenix controls the faceoff. And with no TV tonight, I have my own booth in the press box, with Tom Lynn, Chris Snow and goalie coach Bob Mason in the booth next to me.

The Wild gets caught with too many men on the ice, so the top-ranked penalty kill (93.8 percent) goes on the ice.


It's a successful penalty kill, one I didn't get to watch, as I was getting a Brent Burns update for the media. Burns took the warm-up but won't play tonight with an upper body injury that apparently flared up in warm-ups. Tomas Mojzis is in for Burns.


Jacques Lemaire has urged Cal Clutterbuck to shoot more, and that he does, taking a nice feed from Marek Zidlicky inside the left circle. Clutterbuck fired just wide. He's got a quick shot.


A nice pass from Todd Fedoruk leads to another Coyotoes power play. Fedoruk tried to feed Olli Jokinen, who was tied up in front by Tomas Mojzis. It's power play No. 2 for Phoenix.

It's 1-0 Coyotes as Olli Jokinen stands in front and deflects a Shane Doan shot by Niklas Backstrom. Minnesota's own Peter Mueller with an assist.


A good chance for the Wild (outshooting Phoenix 9-3 in the early going) as Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff to himself and fires a quick shot just wide of the far post.


Not much going on. The Coyotes haven't had a shot since the Jokinen goal, but they're doing a good job of clogging the middle. I'm heading downstairs if for no other reason than to grab a phone from one of our trainers, whose wife is expecting a baby in the next 10 days.

6:30 p.m. Pacific Time

The teams are out for warm-ups, and it appears as though Craig Weller and Tomas Mojzis are the scratches for the Wild.

Structurally, is very much like Xcel Energy Center. Phoenix visited both St. Paul and Columbus many times while building their rink. I like the press box because of the eight enormous televisions above it. I don't know how big they are - I'd say 8 feet at least? You obviously lose some quality - especially without high def, but it's nice to see eight big screens showing

There's an area between the locker rooms here, similar to the Fishing Lodge, where the teams walk through to get to the ice. There is glass separating the visiting team hallway and this club area (I'm not sure about the home team hallway), but it's nice for people down there to get up close to the teams as they come on the ice.

I had a decent nap this afternoon, although three phone calls in two hours didn't help. I never turn my phone all the way off, just because I'm the emergency contact on the road if anything happens.

So as I've mentioned, we are unusually staying in a city after a game because of the airport curfew in San Jose. We could have flown into Oakland and taken a bus to San Jose, but with two days with no games, we may as well stay here.

Making tonight especially interesting is the fact that Arizona does not "celebrate" daylight's savings time. So while the rest of the country "falls back" tonight, we'll stay the same time. We'll go to bed Pacific Time, and wake up Mountain time. I'd say my single most important job post-game is making sure all the players know this, so everyone is on our 9:15 bus to the airport in the morning.

1:30 p.m.
A busy day from the desert.

I just got done sending the ticket list into the Coyotes, and also lined up a restaurant for our players to eat after the game tonight. Glendale isn’t very big – the Westgate entertainment plaza is here which is full of shops and restaurants. But last year many of our players tried to go to eat, and they couldn’t get in after the game with a big group.

Where should we start. First off, Niklas Backstrom should start versus Ilya Bryzgalov tonight. It was hard to tell who the scratches were. Antti Miettinen, however, did skate and will play.

It was a pretty quiet morning skate, since neither team is televising the game. Which means our video coach, Matt Shaw, has to get the arena feed (generally not as good as a TV feed) for his DVR. It also means I should be less busy tonight, since on the road we typically don’t do radio interviews during intermission. But I’ll be downstairs just in case. Also each of our writers had a lot of notebook items already so they didn’t need to talk to anyone this morning.

Darren Pang aka “Panger”, the Coyotes TV analyst, was at the skate but I believe on his way to the golf course after that without the game on TV tonight. Also got to say hello to former Wild winger Todd “Fridge” Fedoruk, who snuck up behind me and about scared me into next week when I was working on something in the hallway outside the locker room.

I’ve also added another duty for tonight’s game. One of our trainer’s wives is expecting a baby in the next 10 days, so I’ll have his phone on me at all times during the game in case she goes into labor before the Nov. 11 due date. Mark Parrish’s wife had my number last season for the same circumstance.

I had a nice dinner at Shane’s Rib Shack last night. Well it was barely night. I was so hungry, I ate just after 5 p.m. A good but won’t break the bank barbecue joint. I had the “Buf-BQ” tenders. You know it’s a good restaurant when you walk in and see a street sign that says “It’s Gonna’ Get Messy Way.” There was also a neat “Feed Limit, 55 pounds of pork” sign. Shane’s Rib Shack is mostly in the southeast but I was happy to see one here.

A quick mailbag before I take a nap. Jetlag treating me poorly on this trip.

Q: Hey Ryan,

I have read your blog in the past but this year I am addicted. Thanks for giving us the scoop of what’s going on. I don't know if you are the right person to thank but if you're not please pass along thanks to whomever was responsible for extending the TV viewing into more markets. I am currently away at college living in Fargo, N.D. and it was such a bummer not see as many games as at home.

What are some of you're favorite places to eat at away games? I was also wondering if there was a particular favorite away game that you have the most fun at.

John in Fargo

A: Thanks for the note John. Many thanks to Wild broadcasting manager Maggie Kukar for her diligent efforts in getting so much more of the Upper Midwest to get to see Wild games.

The restaurant question is a good one. Shane’s Rib Shack is a good one that shot towards the top of my list. Other favorites are The Palm in Denver. I like Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, though not for the food, just for the atmosphere and the great bar. Our hotel in Vancouver has a nice bar right along the water. The ESPN Zone in Denver too, just because we spent every night there during the playoffs watching other hockey games. I’ll try to come up with more and include in future blogs.

E-mails always welcome at Tonight I should have some time to answer them too.

I’ll be back from the arena tonight before the game.

10 a.m. Pacific

Ed note: MacDonald here from St. Paul, checking in for Stanzel, who will be reporting later today with an update from Glendale, Ariz., and Arena, where the Wild will face the Coyotes tonight at 9 p.m. Central.  The game is not televised, but you can tune in to WCCO 830 AM for the radio call nonpareil of Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid, plus, with the help of the Phoenix organization, will have a postgame highlight package on WildTV.
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