The Minnesota Wild held an entertaining practice on Monday, and after three wins and another three days before the next one, why not? To close out practice, Richards had the guys play a four-on-four scrimmage with the first team to score three goals getting the win.
It was a see-saw battle with a lot of offensive rushes from the defensemen. I saw Greg Zanon down below the goal line more in today’s practice than I have in his entire Wild career. Niklas Backstrom and Jose Theodore were both brilliant, but a 2-2 tie was snapped when Marty Havlat got loose in the slot and roofed a beautiful backhand past Theodore and into the upper corner.
That was followed by a lot of hooting and hollering, which means this team’s spirits are obviously high right now.
Antti Miettinen returned to the rink for the first time since being held out with a concussion. Todd Richards said he looked good, but they’ll be patient about when he returns and see how he feels after today.
Nick Schultz, who took a puck to the mouth in the third period of the Columbus game, was back at practice with some nice new stitches. Yesterday morning, he underwent three route canals, and he’ll have three teeth replaced. He was actually happy about it, because he says his teeth were crooked so now he’ll get some nice straight ones. NHL players are strange.
Here’s a photo of Schultzy’s new look:
Finally, the top three plays from last week have been picked, and it’s now up to you to pick the winner. Cal Clutterbuck is all over the place in this week’s nominees, and I have a feeling one of his plays will be the landslide winner.