*The Wild has completed their second 4-day layoff of the season, and returns to action tonight against the Coyotes at the X. The Coyotes vanquished the BJs last night in BJ-land by a score of 5-2. Hopefully they left their goals and their cheery dispositions in C-Bus.
*The next 12 games is huge for the Wild. 10 of 12 at home, which, in combination with an 8 of 10 at home in February, will have to tide the team over in the standings during that brutal 14 of 18 on the road in late February/March.
*Little help please? The schedule makers may have it in for the Wild with that brutal March, but they apparently realized that and have tried to atone for it with the start of this next run. Four of the next five opponents (Phoenix, Columbus, Vancouver and St. Louis) all will have played the night before. Incidentally, each of those four games is at home.
*According to Russo, both Burns and Nolan are back in tonight. Kolanos has been sent down to make room.
*Nick Schultz and his wife appeared on Twin Cities Live yesterday showing us all how to prepare bacon-wrapped tenderloin to his specifications. This will undoubtedly get a lot of play in the locker room - something it would appear that Nick was both aware of and trying to mitigate during filming as he tried to slip in as many "I'm really just the grill meister" references as possible. You can see the video on Deuce By Definition's blog here. In case any of the boys are in need of some additional fodder, I have prepared a list of epicurean-themed nicknames for the defenseman. If you have any others drop 'em in the comments.
Nick "Cookie" Schultz
Nick "Ginsu" Schultz
Nick "Bacon-Wrapped" Schultz
Nick "Emeril" Schultz
Nick "The Apron" Schultz
"Remy" (that's sort of obscure, I'll give two points to whomever can spot that one)
Nick "Bam! Bam!" Schultz
*Roberto Luongo's insane shutout streak was finally broken last night in the third period against the Avs. I know he over-uses the butterfly, but he still has to get that big frame up every time he goes down - and he's one helluva goalie. Good on him.