By Michael Russo
I’ll be on KFAN at 3:30ish with Chad Hartman. Lots of smack being talk between the Wild and Canucks heading into tomorrow night’s game and stemming from Mattias Ohlund breaking Mikko Koivu’s leg.
Get this. Mick McGeough, the most theatrical referee in history, is calling the game with Greg Kimmerly. McGeough always likes to be the show, so tomorrow could get ridiculous. He’ll probably rehearse his animated, over-the-top hand signals in the mirror tonight, as somebody joked this morning.
Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows ripped into Derek Boogaard. Boogaard was taken aback by the comments today. Lots of good stuff will be in tomorrow’s story with maybe mild-mannered Pierre-Marc Bouchard saying the most interesting stuff about agitator Burrows. But Gaborik talked about Cooke, Boogaard about Kesler, etc, etc.
I also talked one-on-one to Mikko Koivu. It was the first time he’s talked publicly since having his leg broken. He’s upset and still in a bit of pain and I can’t see how he’ll be back by Sunday, which would be a week from when the Wild said he’d be out about a week. I think it’ll be awhile longer.
The Canucks brought up agitator/tough-guy Mike Brown, which should add to the intrigue tomorrow. Again, I point you to tomorrow’s story for more stuff on him.
Hopefully it’s at least a good game. I think the reason why these games get ugly is because the league has the schedule so condensed. The Wild, dead tired the other night in Vancouver, fall behind big early and the game gets chippy.
The same script could be written tomorrow. Vancouver plays in Edmonton tonight. Probably the earliest the Canucks take off is 11:30, 12:30 our time. Three-hour flight, and the Canucks might crawl into bed around 4:30, 5 a.m.
So it’ll be another ugly NHL contest between a rested team vs. a dead tired team, possibly.
How about Todd White’s overtime winner last night? It’s his second there in Atlanta and he assisted on another. I have to look up how many OT winners he has, but it’s a good amount. White had a few here.
Speaking of white, the Wild will wear its white jerseys Friday. Because there are no third jerseys anymore, teams can sometimes wear their whites at home to give the home crowd a chance to see the other uniform. I know some of you have asked about that.