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[Ed. note: Today's edition of the R.S.S. Feed is being brought to you from PR guru and Stanzel ghostwriter Aaron Sickman.]Nov. 23, 2008
2:30 p.m. CST
Happy Sunday to everyone on this beautiful Sunday, where my son Evan and I just returned from today’s practice and polished off a couple of tasty peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the process. Because of the AC/DC concert tonight at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild skated at Parade Ice Garden this afternoon. (Nothing better than having a Parade on Sunday).
As was the case on Friday, Jacques put the team through an almost hour-long skate, working on breakouts and odd-man rushes, trying to find a way to spark the offense. Tomas Mojzis was reassigned to the Houston Aeros following last night’s game, so there were only 22 players on the ice today. Halfway through practice, Pierre-Marc Bouchard
and Brent Burns changed jersey colors, so this is how the offensive lines finished (see below). Mike Ramsey got some skating in as the third member of the Colton Gillies and Craig Weller line. Matt Shaw missed practice due to the flu.
Antti Miettinen-Mikko Koivu-Andrew Brunette
Owen Nolan-Eric Belanger-Brent BurnsStephane Veilleux
-James Sheppard-Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Derek Boogaard-Benoit Pouliot-Cal Clutterbuck
Toward the end of practice, John Sheppard made an appearance in his running attire, with seat pouring down his face. An approximately 2.4-mile run (according to James' directions) turned into an over 4-mile trek as John took a wrong turn somewhere along the way on Lyndale Avenue. After asking for directions, he was able to get back on course and find his way. I think he was looking forward to a ride back home.
Lemaire was not happy when asked about his team’s performance in the first two games of this home stand. In fact, he was quite animated and made no mistake stating that the only way the Wild can shake out of the funk they are in is by working as hard as possible. He was not happy with last night’s second period. “We made two mistakes and we allowed two goals,” he said. The Wild can’t continue to make mistakes, especially when goal-scoring is at a premium.
Hopefully, the Wild will benefit from not playing the Washington Capitals on the second of back-to-back games. Unlike the last two teams that played at Xcel Energy Center, the Capitals were defeated in San Jose Saturday night (like every team that visits HP Pavilion these days) and practiced in San Jose this morning before their scheduled 5:30 arrival late this afternoon.
Tomorrow’s game is on VERSUS, which means we will have a few broadcast requests to go over with folks at the morning skate.