It was a fairly uneventful day during today’s team practice at Xcel Energy Center. With two days remaining before the first home game of the season, the Wild was put through the paces of a typical hour-long practice. The standard skating cycling drills were capped off by a shootout contest at the end. The losing team had to skate, and in sudden death, Mikko Koivu gave the red team a victory by flipping his usual backhander past Jose Theodore.
Theodore, by the way, had a plain white goalie mask on today. No word on if he’ll have a new paint job by opening night or not.
Marek Zidlicky was one of the first players on the ice today, and he stayed out there for the team practice. He didn’t sit out any of the drills so it looks like he’s on track to return for Thursday night. The only player that wasn’t on the ice was Andrew Brunette, who was dealing with a hip issue. There was no official word on his status, but it was likely just a maintenance day. An injury has to be pretty substantial to hold Bruno out of a game. If he’s not out there tomorrow, then we’ll start asking questions.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard took Brunette’s spot on a line with Koivu and Antti Miettinen. He was still wearing the gold jersey, which means “no contact.” However, he was showing some serious bursts of speed, which hopefully means he’s not worried about pushing himself.
I spoke to Kyle Brodziak about yesterday’s off-ice team building activity led by U.S. Army Sergeant Major J.B. Spisso. The day consisted of three teams performing a wide array of tasks from building tents, to carrying a fallen comrade and plenty more. Brodziak said he was completely wiped out by the end of the day, but really enjoyed the experience.
Spisso had a message on the team’s whiteboard in the locker room today, which said, “Stack the enemy like cord wood. Hooah!” – J.B.
I do not know what that means, but I hope nobody on the team ever mistakes me for cord wood.