Good morning from Washington D.C, where the Wild opens up a two-game trip tonight against the Capitals.
This Sunday, I plan to publish my first Q and A blog mailbag of the season in my Sunday Insider. For that to work, in the comment section of this blog, ask away about the Wild or NHL. Make the questions short and snappy because space is at a premium in the paper. Scan the questions and try not to ask the same ones again.
Please don't have conversations on this blog. This way I can easily pick some of the questions out for my blog. Ask a good, easy-to-answer question, and you'll likely find your way included.
I'll update this blog later if there's any morning skate news.
In this morning's newspaper, I did a fun feature on former Gophers defenseman Nate Schmidt, who has been playing alongside Mike Green on the Caps' No. 1 D unit.
There were two anecdotes Schmidt talked about in the article, one where he got into it with former Gophers teammate Nick Bjugstad the other day, one where he talked about the outer body experience he had during the Capitals' traditional "Unleash the Fury" rally compilation.
Here is a little video of the Schmidt-Bjugstad scrum, and also a video of the Unleash the Fury the Caps do during games.