While it may seem like awhile since I’ve flipped the switch on the Lighthouse, you’d be wrong. I had a nice, tidy post about Jose Theodore’s Three Star announcement for yesterday, but somehow it didn’t get published. You’ll have to take my word for it, but obviously it was one of the greatest pieces of writing you would have ever read in your life.
Now, the Theodore news pales in comparison to the big news about Brent Burns becoming the sixth Wild player to be selected to play in the All-Star Game. Marian Gaborik was named twice, while Filip Kuba, Dwayne Roloson, Brian Rolston and Niklas Backstrom were also named. Burns joins Kuba as the only Wild defensemen to have gone, and if I recall, there was some consternation that Kuba was only in the game because the Wild was hosting All-Star Weekend. I won’t comment on that.
Anyway, it’s a great day for Burns, and he’s certainly deserving. He’s scored 12 goals already this year, and is on pace to score over 20, which would be a Wild franchise record. He’s also become much more reliable in his own end, while the chances he does take don’t seem to lead to many scoring chances the other way.
Burns isn’t the only member of the Wild organization to get the All-Star call today. Houston Aeros defenseman Maxim Noreau will make his second consecutive All Star Game appearance. He ranks second on the Aeros in scoring with 23 points on seven goals and 16 assists.
Now, onto the game that means something. The Wild has a chance to get right back into the playoff picture tonight, but it will have to end Nashville’s five-game streak to do so. Jose Theodore will make his sixth straight start, while Antti Miettinen is expected to get back in the lineup.
It sounds like Brad Staubitz skated extra at today’s morning skate, so apparently he’ll be the healthy scratch.
With all of the news and game stuff going up on the site today, I want to make sure fans are aware of Hockey Unplugged tomorrow night at Sak’s in Vadnais Heights. Chuck Kobasew and Theodore will be the featured guests.
That’s it for now. Tonight’s game will be on KSTC-TV Channel 45 at 7:00 p.m. If you don’t have access to a talking picture box, you can always hang out with me on Wild.com live in-game commentary. Invite your friends.