Welcome to the weekend, Wild fans! After losing the first two preseason games on the road, the team heads back to the X to debut the new scoreboard and try to beat the Jets. Home, sweet home. Almost all the veterans are playing with the exception of Thomas Vanek and Keith Ballard, who are day to day with injuries. Niklas Backstrom will be in net the entire game. The Jets are planning on using a lot of their starters as well, so expect a good pace to this game.
I'm not sure if the game is on TV or not, you'll have to ask Russo.
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On tap Saturday: Lots of stars, and a ginormous scoreboard | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Here's the lineup for the game and some reactions to the scoreboard.
Wild reduces roster to 39 players; Wild's lineup vs. Winnipeg | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- The team also made some cuts yesterday. Nothing surprising as the Iowa Wild open their training camp.
Wild players still trying to readjust to speed of games - TwinCities.com- Mike Yeo's strategy to play his veterans early in preseason is to get them off to a fast start this year.
Size Matters: Is Getting Bigger a Priority?- Great piece by Dustin on the effects of team size. Check it out.
Hashtag Hockey Podcast ep. 30 — Vanessa Gecko is not a gecko- The guys at Hashtag talk hockey and everything else in their latest podcast.
Off The Trail
Colorado Avalanche are not a test case (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy- Look, I'm no Avs fan, but I'm starting to get tired of all the articles pointing out how bad the Avs will be when they crash back to earth. I believe in the stats but let's just let the year play out a bit. They still have a lot of talent on the team.
Flyers' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare hopes to lead NHL's French revolution | Puck Daddy- Interesting look at hockey in France and how it's slowly growing.
Unique Team Traits: The Tampa trio provided an awesome anchor at every position | theScore- More great work by Bourne in the Unique Team Traits.
Report: Canucks place Jacob Markstrom on waivers | theScore- It'll be interesting to see if anyone claims Markstrom. He's had a rough development but he's still young.
The sound of silence persists in Johansen ‘talks’ | ProHockeyTalk- How long can this go on?
Blackhawks arena sued again for fan injury; get ready for more safety netting | Puck Daddy- A fan who was hit with a puck during the Wild-Blackhawks series is suing the arena, and he'll probably win.
Finally, the Tampa Bay Lightning are unveiling a new 3rd jersey. Here's how they showed their players (with a fake jersey).
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