It was confirmed today that Patrick O’Sullivan will start tonight’s game alongside Matt Cullen and Cal Clutterbuck. Head Coach Todd Richards said he’ll also give O’Sullivan some power play time.
Clutterbuck said he’s very excited to get the chance to play with O’Sullivan. Those two played each other in their Ontario Hockey League days, and Clutterbuck marveled at O’Sullivan’s offensive ability. Clutter is undoubtedly on pace to break the Wild record for most different linemates during a season.
As for the others, recently recalled Matt Kassian will be in the lineup, meaning there could be some interesting action when he’s out there with Brad Staubitz. I don’t think that’s going to change how the Flyers play, but I do think those two bruisers will be quick to jump into a fracas whenever necessary.
Nik Backstrom will start in goal tonight, while Jose Theodore will make his home debut on Friday.
The night before Thanksgiving always has a fun feel to it, no matter how bad the winter driving might be. A relatively easy three-day week is done. A four-day weekend of gorging, shopping and watching the Wild win a couple games is upon us. It’s no wonder people hit the local watering holes and let loose with their old high school buddies and ex-flames. Thanksgiving Eve it’s where it’s at.
And then, you throw in the Philadelphia Flyers as tonight’s opponent, and I just can’t imagine it getting any better. Of all hockey teams, I don’t know if there is one as polarizing as Philly. I’m not sure how aware of it I was until last year’s Cup Finals when everyone I talked to said they were cheering for the Blackhawks for one of two reasons: 1) The Hawks are fun to watch, and 2) they hate the Flyers.
I’m not sure if it’s the orange jerseys, or the reputation of the ghosts of Flyers past or just because they’ve got some agitators like Chris Pronger and Daniel Carcillo. It could be a combo platter of all that and more.
And here’s one last reminder since I don’t plan on lighting up the Lighthouse tomorrow unless absolutely necessary. All dudes with a ‘stache should make it a priority to get down to Xcel Energy Center for Friday afternoon’s game against Nashville. We’ll be looking to break the Guinness World Record for most moustaches in one gathering place. It will be epic.
Also, if you’re coming down on Friday, make sure to allow for plenty of time for parking and travel. It’s a 1:00 p.m. game, and the Hmong New Year celebration will be going on at RiverCentre next door. Use alternate routes to the rink if possible. And just because I’m in a Thanksgiving mood, here are a few more tips:
Hop on the bus. Call Metro Transit at 612-373-3333 (TTY 612-341-0104) or visit http://www.metrotransit.org.
– Whenever possible, carpool.
– Get the latest traffic reports at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/tmc/trafficinfo/traffic.html
– Check the latest weather reports before you hit the road.