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Nov. 10, 2008
2:30 p.m CST
MacDonald here, back as your Stanzel ghostwriter. Quiet practice just wrapped up over at Xcel Energy Center, where there were nearly half as many coaches as players on the ice. In addition to Jacques Lemaire, Mario Tremblay, Craig Ramsey, Matt Shaw and Bob Mason, Josh Harding
, Benoit Pouliot, Colton Gillies, Krys Kolanos, Erik Reitz, Pierre-Marc Bouchard
, Tomas Mojzis, Craig Weller and Derek Boogaard ran though a relatively stress-free 45 or so minutes.
Afterward, Lemaire spoke briefly to the assembled media (check out Wild TV for the highlights, plus an interview with Pouliot), and said that, save for his injury situation, he was pleased with just about every player on the roster during the previous road trip. Lemaire liked his team's chances in three of the four games, and said his team will spend the next few days working on ways to produce more offense.
The Wild will practice, likely with a more robust crew, again Tuesday and Wednesday, plus a Thursday morning skate in preparation for its Nov. 13 game at Xcel Energy Center against Peter Mueller and the Phoenix Coyotes.
Lastly for the day, here is your injury update: Marian Gaborik, Owen Nolan and Brent Burns are all skating. There is no timetable set for Gaborik or Nolan's returns, but Burns is possible for Thursday.9 a.m. CST
MacDonald here, pinch-hitting with a quick update as Stanzel tries to recalibrate his life in St. Paul after likely losing track of the days, bills and laundry situation while spending a week-and-a-half on the road.
The Wild returned Sunday afternoon from its 2-2-0 trip, one that concluded Saturday night in Vancouver, where the club fell victim to Roberto Luongo's third consecutive shutout.
Minnesota will practice today at noon, and we'll be back with the necessary tidbits, such as injury reports and some post-practice video later in the day.
The Wild won't play again until hosting the Coyotes on Thursday night. Fans looking for a decent Wild fix before then can check out Hockey Unplugged Tuesday at Jimmy's Food & Drink in White Bear Lake, where Eric Belanger and Marc-Andre Bergeron, along with Wild Radio emcee Kevin Falness, will anchor the free-spirited and fan-friendly show.