Morning from somewhere over Iowa or Wisconsin or California or something.

With the All-Star break over, the Wild resumes practice this afternoon at Xcel Energy Center at 2 o'clock. I'm hearing Chad Rau, Jed Ortmeyer and Matt Kassian, who were part of the Wild's two-game winning streak over Dallas and Colorado before the break, will all return.

Hopefully we'll get injury updates on Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse later, too.

The Nashville Predators, who were absolutely sizzling hot before the break, also will practice in Minnesota today. The Preds have won 9 of 10 and their goalie, Pekka Rinne, was just named Second Star of the Week in the NHL. He's won only nine in a row -- allowing two goals or fewer in each start.

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