The Minnesota Wild has wrapped up the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena with little to no surprises. Todd Richards said yesterday that Jose Theodore would get the start tonight, and there were no indications on the ice that anything has changed there. Niklas Backstrom will get back in there tomorrow night against the New York Rangers.
Clayton Stoner will be the healthy scratch.
I know it’s early in the season, but it’s pretty entertaining to check out the NHL standings on a daily basis. Teams are shuffling back and forth, and nobody is pulling away. Nearly everybody is still in contention. As of now, the Wild is sitting in the 11th spot in the West, but two points tonight vaults them to fifth, and just three points behind Detroit, the West’s current best. A total of six points separate the top 13 teams in the West.
The only two teams with a sub .500 record are Calgary and Edmonton, which isn’t a bad thing considering they’re in the Northwest.
It should be a fun one tonight. I think the Red Wings fans will see a much different Wild team than they saw during two games in March last year. And, for some reason, I think we’re going to see a big night from Casey Wellman. Not only does he score his first goal of the season, but he actually will bag his second for the game-winner. It’s Friday, and I’m feeling ultra psychic.
Enjoy the game tonight, all!