Miettinen, Backstrom Won’t Play Tonight

Whaddya’ hear? Whaddya’ say? That’s Jersey for “hello.” Now, not everybody talks like that here in Newark, but at least that’s how my friends Paulie Walnuts and Silvio Dante talk. Good people, although they’re big-time New Jersey Devil fans.

The Wild held a full-team morning skate at the Prudential Center with everybody skating except Antti Miettinen. He’ll sit out because he’s still dealing with a lower body contusion. He’s not expected to miss an extended period, but he won’t be out there tonight. Marco Scandella, who was ill on Sunday, will also be held out another game. That means Brad Staubitz and Clayton Stoner are both in.

For a minute, I thought Staubitz could get some revenge on Tom Sestito, who he fought as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets last week. I failed to realize that the Sestito on the Devils roster is named “Tim” and is Tom’s brother.

The Canadian-heavy Wild roster was in a rather jovial mood today after Canada’s 4-1 win over the US at yesterday’s World Junior Championship semifinals. Especially happy was Equipment Manager Tony Dacosta, who had a bet with Head Coach Todd Richards. Because he lost, Richards will have to wear a Team Canada sweatshirt or jersey next week. Dacosta was especially delighted by Richards’ response to a text he sent last night, pointing out the final score. I can’t print the text, sorry.

Jason Zucker did return to the US after missing two games with a head injury. He was held without a point, and will now aim for a bronze medal and will have to get past Sweden and Wild prospect Johan Larsson to get it.

Also, Mike Russo of the Star Tribune is reporting that the Wild will sign RW Jed Ortmeyer to a contract. Ortmeyer is currently on the Houston Aeros roster and has played one game since signing a pro tryout contract with the club last week.

That’s it for now. Tonight’s game starts at 6:00 p.m. and will be on Versus.

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