The Minnesota Wild, thru a team spokesman, confirmed that forward Andrew Brunette will attempt to play Saturday night vs. Detroit at Xcel Energy Center, despite his tweaking of his previous MCL sprain during the first period of Thursday night's 3-2 OT loss to the Calgary Flames at Xcel.
Brunette, whose 'iron man' streak has reached 509 games, will test the knee tomorrow, possibly in the morning. He did not practice at all Friday.
In another Wild-related note, the Wild sent an e-mail to previous individual game ticket buyers, informing them of tickets available for 4 midweek games, fueling speculation that the team's 359-game home sellout streak, currently the NHL's longest, is in jeopardy of being broken before the 2008-09 season ends. 5 of the team's 8 remaining home dates are on Tuesdays, beginning next Tuesday night vs. Los Angeles.
Saturday's game vs. Detroit will be the third game in the five-game Hockey Greats coffee mug series, with a mug given to all fans outbound, upon departure from the arena. The mug will feature Defensemen: John Mariucci, Mike Ramsey, Phil Housley and Brent Burns. The game is also a Premium price game for single-game tickets. The game will be in High Definition for all three telecasts (FSNorth, FSDetroit, and the French-language RDS).
WRT (looking forward to his next coffee mug)