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The R.S.S. Feed: Nov. 14, 2008

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
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Nov. 14, 2008

2 p.m. CDT

This edition of the R.S.S. Feed includes references to the following:

* Wild.com's new mobile portal


  
Wild TV: Brent Burns
Wild Radio's Falness finds out that, in addition to defense and forward, Burns is also a pretty good street hockey goalie (Nov. 14)


   Wild TV: Jacques Lemaire
Jacques talks about the fine line between developing young players and winning games (Nov. 14)

Aaron Sickman just returned from practice, which today took place at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis. I stayed back at the office to work on game notes, so Aaron, intern Robert and I can hopefully get out of here at a decent time today. Essentially, we're looking at home games every other day through Dec. 5, with a couple of road games mixed in there, too.

Aaron said it was a short practice. Jacques Lemaire was off after about 40 minutes, and it would have been sooner had the door been functioning properly coming off the ice. Kevin Falness of Wild radio was a hero, though, and opened the door for Jacques.

Falness also caught up with Brent Burns, who talks about his move to forward, which you can see on Wild TV by clicking here.

I did some research for game notes, finding that last night was the first time the Wild has ever had two defensemen record three points in one game. It’s only happened 10 times now in franchise history, period. The Wild is also smothering its opponents in the second period, especially at home, outscoring them 9-1 at Xcel Energy Center.

For those of you who haven’t, please check out the Wild.com/mobile on your BlackBerry or other wireless device. It’s pretty simple and a great way to get your Wild news (and the R.S.S. Feed) and scores on your phone. The Wild is also rolling out Facebook, MySpace and Twitter in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to Wild.com for more info.

[Ed note: Shameless plug alert. Check the Wild.com mobile portal for more information on the wild.com/mobile site and our growing suite of text alert opt-ins. Click here for http://wild.nhl.com/mobile_home.htm]

Tomorrow night will be fun, too, because USA Hockey is making an important and special announcement at Xcel Energy Center at a 5:30 p.m. media conference. Some members of the U.S. Women's National Team, including Natalie Darwitz, will be on hand for the event.

[Ed note: Shameless plug alert. Check out Wild TV near 7:30 p.m. for a video rebroadcast of the presser.]

This just in … tomorrow’s press meal:
split pea soup with ham
Chicago hot dog bar
cheese curds
deep fried pickles
teriyaki chicken sandwich
assorted baklava
tater tots
mixed veg.

Mailbag time:

Q: Ryan,
 
A friend of mine had mentioned to me that Brent Burns has done some extensive training in martial arts and I was wondering what form of martial arts he practices? I was also wondering if the goaltenders participate in any yoga or the extent of stretching they do to stay limber. I am a goaltender myself who is approaching 30 and am finding that I don’t bend like I used to. Just wondering what the professionals do to stay limber and avoid injury.
 
Thanks,
Sean from Minnesota

A: Hi Sean, thanks for the note. Brent Burns took up ju jitsu over the summer. Our goalies don’t participate in yoga that I know of, though they do extensive stretching. Niklas Backstrom especially. He runs a couple of laps around the lower level of the arena and stretches a lot, including with athletic therapist Don Fuller. You also see him stretch a lot on the ice during warm-ups.
 
I’ll be back with an update after the pregame skate Saturday. I’m going to cover stuff Saturday morning along with Robert, and Aaron will cover practice Sunday. That way we each get some downtime over the weekend. Aaron will go with the team Monday and Tuesday to Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 7-6 in overtime over the Red Wings earlier this week and played another high-scoring game last night (5-4). It should be an interesting matchup. The Wild enter play this weekend with the best GAA (1.99) in the league.

One more cool thing … The Do It Yourself Network is in town, with a film crew that will cover the conversion of the Xcel Energy Center from tonight’s Coldplay concert to tomorrow’s Wild game. We’ll keep you updated on when the episode will air.
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