2:20 p.m. CT UPDATE: Wild broadcaster Mike Greenlay has sent an update from the “morning” skate in Anaheim. Cody Almond is out with a lower-body injury and Warren Peters will take his spot in the lineup tonight. The rest of the Wild lineup will remain the same, except for Jose Theodore taking the spot in net.
Good morning, Wild fans. Hope you’ve all had an extra-large coffee this morning after staying up late to watch the Wild battle the Kings last night in L.A. That 947-minute pregame ceremony in L.A. didn’t make it any easier to get up this morning, did it? Regardless, I’m currently bouncing off my cubicle walls in anticipation of tonight’s Wild game in Anaheim – and OK, maybe my caffeine intake has something to do with that – but I’m not giving it too much credit.
The news from Anaheim is that the Wild has recalled center Warren Peters from Houston and reassigned defenseman Nate Prosser to the Aeros. The moves come after Todd Richards told the media postgame that some Wild players were banged up. Based on this morning’s transactions, that presumably means he was talking about forwards and that all six defensemen are healthy for tonight’s contest. I’ll update this post later today after more information is available at the Wild morning skate in Anaheim.
Peters was first recalled from Houston on Dec. 11 and played two games with the Wild, but did not register a point. My brotha’ from another motha’ – OK, that’s a lie since there’s no relation despite his awesome last name – averaged 6:05 TOI in his time with the Wild. The 28-year-old has 24 points (11-13=24) and 39 penalty minutes (PIM) in 55 games with Houston this season.
Elk River native Prosser was recalled by the Wild Wednesday as blueline insurance for the trip out West but was a healthy scratch last night. He’ll return to Houston where he’s posted 19 points (6-13=19) and 27 penalty minutes (PIM) in 58 games with the Aeros this season.
One important piece of the lineup we know for sure is that Jose Theodore is expected to get the start in net against the Ducks. Niklas Backstrom was stellar again last night – did you see his most-recent “WOW!” save? – but he’s earned a night off, and we all know Theo is more than capable to shut down the Ducks.
Enjoy your Friday, everyone. Though, we all know you will because you’ve got a Wild-Ducks game highlighting your schedule at 9 p.m. CT on FS North (HD) and WCCO 830. Wild.com will have all of the info on tonight’s game when our insiders in Anaheim get today’s update from Todd Richards in the early afternoon.