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Wednesday's skate surprise; Message regarding new blog feedback; Go Green tonight

Posted by: under Wild pregame skate Updated: October 21, 2009 - 1:56 PM

(Update) How exciting! A rare home game tonight as the Wild begins a stretch of six of nine at home, and seven games in 11 nights overall.

You're not going to believe this, but Cal Clutterbuck, expected to be out "weeks" is wearing the "Do Not Touch" gray jersey and skating with the team this morning. He apparently skated by himself for the first time yesterday. Obviously, he's not playing tonight, but he's clearly closer than anybody could have anticipated.

Clutterbuck said he still feels pain there but is trying to manage through it. He said obviously if he wakes up tomorrow and it's sore, he'll pull back. His return is uncertain and he said he doesn't "want pain to restrict me from something I'd normally do."

Marty Havlat is also skating right now and on a regular line, so that's a good sign and he will play tonight. Kyle Brodziak, who missed practice yesterday, is also going to play.

Russo Radio tonight at 6 pm on KSTP, so tune in and call in.

Owen Nolan is not feeling well, but coach Todd Richards hopes he'll be well enough to play tonight.

On a final note, regarding the feedback with the new blog platform: We hear you and value the feedback. Our web developers are working on improvements to the experience, but please bear with us through the transition. Hang in there.

Even though the look has changed, this continues to be the best place on the planet for comprehensive, in-depth, objective Wild news, info, insight and tidbits. So please continue to stop by, read the posts and interact with other Wild fans.

OK. One last thing. Wanted to remind the Wild's encouraging all fans to "Go Green" tonight and Saturday when the Wild debuts its new green jerseys. Fans that purchase a lower level or club level seat for either game will receive a coupon for $10 off a green t-shirt at the Hockey Lodge.


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