The Minnesota Wild return to home ice with a game tonight against Montreal at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Wild tough guy Zanon Konopka says it was nice having three days between games, which gave them ample time on the ice to fine-tune their game. He says they needed some work without the worry of playing games. Minnesota last played on Monday, a 5-1 defeat to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawk. Tonight’s game against the Canadiens begins at 7 p.m. The Wild host New Jersey on Sunday night.
Wild Move Veilleux
The Wild sent forward Stephane Veilleux back to A-H-L Iowa yesterday. The 31-year-old was recalled earlier this month and recorded 11 hits and six penalty minutes in ten games with the big club. He has played in 460 NHL games in his career.
Wild Kick Off “Movember” Benefit
The Minnesota Wild kick off their “Movember” campaign prior to tonight’s game against Montreal in Saint Paul. The November charity event encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for male cancers. Wild spokesman Ryan Stanzel says it begins with a shave-off event and culminates November 29th with a team photo on the ice of all the men who’ve grown moustaches. Stanzel says the Wild set a Guinness World Record with 11-hundred-31 moustaches on the ice at Xcel Energy Center in November 2010. Wild-dot-com’s “Movember” page launches today.