Carly Peters, Wild digital media coordinator, here. Just wanted to give a quick follow-up to Glen Andresen’s earlier blog with some details from today’s practice.
Thanks to an event at Xcel Energy Center tonight, the team had a quick video session at the arena and then bussed to the suburbs for an off-site practice this morning. After an optional skate yesterday, it wasn’t surprising to see Todd Richards keep his team out on the ice for more than an hour.
Richards utilized many different types of drills, a lot focusing on breakouts from the Wild zone. The players seemed pretty into their work today, shouting with pride and banging their sticks when they were on the winning side of a drill, even toward the end of the skate.
As Glen mentioned in the previous blog, both Chuck Kobasew and Guillaume Latendresse missed practice with groin injuries. Kobasew is day-to-day but Richards said Latendresse will miss tomorrow night’s game against the Capitals. Cam Barker was back at practice, but is still questionable for tomorrow night.
Richards said Gui had a MRI on his groin yesterday and it showed “something wrong” but that he still needed to speak with Head Athletic Therapist Don Fuller to get all the details. When asked if he thought Latendresse would miss more than one game, Richards said “probably” before later adding that he didn’t think the injury is too worrisome; he just thinks Gui needs to be shut down for a little bit but won’t be missing weeks.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard will not be an option for the Wild tomorrow so the team may decide to call up a player from Houston. Who that player might be has yet to be determined.
Richards also said Backstrom will start in net tomorrow against Washington.
As for lines, they remained in tact, with Bouchard taking Latendresse’s spot alongside Cullen and Havlat. Richards did say that he would probably put Kobasew in Latendresse’s spot if he is available to play tomorrow.
We’ll pass along more updates on the lineup after morning skate tomorrow, however, the Capitals play in Carolina tonight, so it’s likely they won’t take the ice until pre-game warm ups.