Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Wild scrimmage tonight; Early power-play glimpse; NHL GameCenter/Center Ice info

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild training camp Updated: January 14, 2013 - 5:21 PM

The Wild will be scrimmaging tonight at Xcel Energy Center. It is closed to the public, but for updates, you can follow me on Twitter at @russostrib and of course I will blog afterward.

I have gotten a lot of questions about what the Wild power-play units may look like. We may have gotten an early glimpse at the start of today's practice.

The two units practicing were Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Dany Heatley with Ryan Suter and Pierre-Marc Bouchard at the points. The second unit was Matt Cullen-Mikael Granlund-Devin Setoguchi with Tom Gilbert and Jared Spurgeon at the points.

We'll see how it works. I typically like Cullen at the point and a Kyle Brodziak or Cal Clutterbuck up front, but there may be times we say that based on injuries and who takes penalties.

The Houston Aeros are in town for the scrimmages.

Remember, as of right now at least, the team has suspended ticket distribution for Wednesday's 7 p.m. scrimmage due to high demand. Some still may be made available if the season-ticket holders don't gobble them up.

If you can't get in the building, it will be broadcast on Fox Sports North and KFAN.

FROM THE NHL

NHL CENTER ICE ON DIGITAL CABLE TO RESUME STARTING JAN. 19

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE LAUNCHES THE 2012-13 SEASON
WITH A 13 DAY FREE PREVIEW

NHL Center Ice Offers Fans Up to 40 Games Per Week,
Along With a Number of Free Enhancements

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 – In celebration of the NHL’s return, digital cable customers will receive a free preview of NHLÒ Center IceÒ from Jan. 19 through Jan. 31, 2013, announced the National Hockey League (NHL) and package distributor iN DEMAND L.L.C. The out-of-market subscription package is perfect for fans who live away from their favorite teams, for fantasy players, or those who don’t want to miss a minute of action from across the league.

With NHL® Center Ice®, digital cable customers can check out up to 40 live out-of-market NHL games every week across 14 channels, including a wealth of enhancements to enrich the viewing experience. The package is available immediately for a 2012-13 regular season price of $49.99, the lowest price ever*. The 2012-13 regular season runs from Jan. 19 through Apr. 27, 2013.

NHL GAMECENTER LIVE AVAILABLE FOR SPECIAL PRICE OF $49.99 FOR 2012-13 NHL
REGULAR SEASON

GCL Allows Fans to Watch Out-of-Market Games Live on Computers,
Smartphones, Tablets and Connected Devices, Including Xbox 360 for First
Time

League Also Announces Enhanced NHL GameCenter App

NEW YORK (January 14, 2013) – The National Hockey League today announced
that NHL GameCenter LIVETM, the League’s critically acclaimed,
out-of-market, live-game streaming product, is available this season for
the special price of $49.99.

The subscription fee of $49.99 enables fans to watch live and archived
games featuring teams outside a fan’s local market across multiple screens,
including smartphones, tablets, computers and connected devices. The
special price is available for this season only.

NHL GameCenter LIVETM offers fans worldwide* the most robust live-game
viewing experience with in-game interactivity, on-demand replays, DVR
capabilities, highlights and more.

NHL GameCenter App

The NHL today also announced significant enhancements to the NHL GameCenter
™ app, the official app that provides live streaming access and video
highlights during NHL games. Available on Android phones and tablets,
iPhones and iPads (and later this season on BlackBerry 10) the redesigned
NHL GameCenterTM app now features more free video for users -- including
post-game video highlights, a live-game simulation with real-time shift
changes and play-by-play for the ultimate second-screen experience in
hockey.

The re-designed app also has an improved menu structure, allowing fans to
transition easily from one section to the next and navigate more content
than ever with ease.

The NHL GameCenterTM app, available for download beginning tomorrow,
January 15, includes the following features:

NHL GameCenterTM (free)
· Live scores and stats for every team and player
· Live game simulation with near real-time shift changes, boxscores and
play-by-play (new this season)
· Post-game video highlights (new this season)
· Video on-demand content featuring the best selections from NHL
editors
· Full-season schedule and standings
· Customized game alerts
· Player profiles with headshots, bios and stats for all active NHL
players
· Customizable settings for up to five favorite teams (new this season)

Upgrade to NHL GameCenter™ Premium** ($4.99 or free for Verizon tablet and
4G LTE smartphone customers)
· Live radio broadcasts (home and away)
· In-game video highlights
· Condensed game replays

Upgrade to NHL GameCenter LIVETM ($49.99 or free with broadband
subscription)
· Live out-of-market game video (home and away)
· Access across multiple devices
· All NHL GameCenter™ Premium content

Verizon Wireless tablet and 4G LTE smartphone customers will continue to
get access to NHL GameCenter Premium content as well as additional
exclusive content for free. Exclusive free content for Verizon customers
includes live streams of NBC network games, NBC’s Inside the Glass and NHL
Network’s NHL On The Fly™.
 

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