Are you like me? Do you have Butch fever? It’s an affliction that causes those of us affected to lose concentration on all things work related because we’re too flippin’ excited to watch Pierre-Marc Bouchard return to the Wild lineup.
I’ve been shaking uncontrollably, and I’m not ashamed to admit that on more than one occasion today, I’ve told my cubicle mates to pick up their phones and dial 9-1, and then hit one again if I look like I might spontaneously combust.
At today’s morning skate, both Bouchard and coach Todd Richards attempted to quell everybody’s enthusiasm saying that it will take some time for Butch to get into game shape, and get his timing back as he’s eased back into things. I would assume “ease” means going off for two goals and two assists tonight.
I know, I’m a little excited. That’s what happens when you get Butch fever.
Just a couple days ago, I had Spurgeon fever because Jared Spurgeon made his NHL debut. Despite looking like he should be walking to the rink in all his gear while wearing Sorel boots and ordering hot cocoa from the warming shack, Spurgeon had himself a very solid night on Monday in Calgary. He earned himself at least one more game in a Wild uniform tonight. Justin Falk will be a healthy scratch, and Clayton Stoner remains out with an upper body injury.
Chuck Kobasew appears close to returning from his lower body injury, but Richards said it won’t be tonight. He wants Kobasew to have a few more team practices before getting back out there. Considering the Wild plays three games in four nights beginning tonight, there won’t be a lot of practice time available. If he’s not in by this weekend, you’d have to imagine he returns next Thursday in Phoenix, barring any setbacks.
That should about do it. Don’t hesitate to buy some tickets for tonight’s game and get there early so you get first dibs on an Andrew Brunette Bobblehead. Like his human counterpart, Bobble Bruno lacks blazing speed, but his on-ice vision is remarkable. Just tap his head and you’ll see that even though his head will shake a lot, his eyes stay completely focused. It’s unbelievable.