By Kent Youngblood
Greetings. Kent Youngblood here, filling in for Mr. Russo, who skipped Wild practice but made sure to take in the Panthers’ practice later this afternoon. Which only proves that you can take the hockey writer out of Florida.
Anyway, the only member of the Wild not to practice today was Brian Rolston, victim of a nasty case of the flu. After playing in 232 consecutive games, it looks like Rolston — who saw a doctor this morning — will likely miss his second straight game Thursday night.
Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said Rolston would not play. Given Rolston’s toughness, this flu bug must be a bad one. As Lemaire said, ”It’s got to be bad there, because I know Roli, and Roli would get back right away if he could. He doesnt’ feel well at all.”
This time it appears Derek Boogaard will get a few of those minutes. Meanwhile, defenseman Kurtis Foster returned to practice Wednesday and could play as early as Saturday.
Oh, one more thing. It appears that only one Wild player fell victim to the recent cold snap — Nick Schultz. Apparently his was the only car that didn’t start after the Wild returned from Dallas after Tuesday night’s game.