Despite having never spent a day in the Minnesota Wild locker room before this morning, Jed Ortmeyer will be playing alongside some familiar faces tonight in his Wild debut. Ortmeyer will play on the wing on a line centered by former Michigan Wolverine teammate Eric Nystrom. Ortmeyer’s teammate in San Jose last year, Brad Staubitz, will take the other wing.
Cody Almond will certainly get the chance to showcase himself tonight. He moves up to center the third line between Cal Clutterbuck and Chuck Kobasew.
It appears that the Wild will go with six defensemen with Nate Prosser sitting out. Niklas Backstrom will get the start in goal, with Jose Theodore most likely going tomorrow in Anaheim.
There have been a lot of requests from folks wondering when the camouflage jerseys that the Wild wore in pregame warmups on Tuesday night would be up for bid. Wait no longer.
You can bid on the jerseys worn by each player by clicking here. And if you haven’t seen the video of the guys pulling them on in the locker room and heading out to the ice, well, get on that. It’s pretty sweet.
Late 9:30 p.m. start tonight, so get your pregame snooze in as soon as possible. I’m sure if you tell your boss that you’ve got to rest up so you can watch tonight’s game in its entirety, I’m sure she’ll understand.