NHL schedule maker serves Wild a triple helping of Wings

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 22, 2006 - 11:01 PM

DETROIT - For the next few days Wild coach Jacques Lemaire will be seeing red. And seeing red. And seeing red. He can guarantee you this: By next Wednesday, he will be sick and tired of the Detroit Red Wings.

He just hopes Red Wings coach Mike Babcock feels the same way.

The Wild lost 3-1 to the Red Wings here Friday night. Tonight, at Xcel Energy Center, the two teams will meet again. Wednesday, back in Detroit, again. And then the two Western Conference teams won't see each other again during the regular season.

Lemaire is no fan of the schedule-maker.

"I don't really like it," Lemaire said. "There are a couple reasons why: First, when you're playing a good team, that team has an advantage. Secondly, if you play them [only once], then maybe you can get a game here, grab them on an off night."

Lemaire's point is that playing three games in such close succession takes away any element of surprise and any chance of throwing a wrinkle in to get the opponent on its heels.

Schedule, Part II

TSN Network in Canada reported Friday that a committee formed by the NHL is considering a proposal that would reduce the number of divisions from six to four. The proposal, according to TSN, would group teams by time zone, with two conferences each with two divisions -- one with eight teams, the other with seven.

The top two teams in each division would make up the top four seeds in each conference, with the next four berths going to the next highest point totals.

"They're thinking ahead," Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough said before Friday's game. "I don't want to get too far ahead of it. I think the league is showing great leadership right now to think about what it might look at down the road."

If approved, it would put the Wild in a division with the likes of Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis, among others.

Veilleux breaks nose

Wild winger Stephane Veilleux was expected to spend Friday night in a Detroit hospital after having his nose badly broken by an errant puck.

Veilleux, who scored the Wild's only goal, took the puck in the second period and did not return. After the game, Lemaire indicated the break was a severe one and that Veilleux's nose had been smashed toward the side of his face. "Don't count on him for a while," Lemaire said.


• Defenseman Petteri Nummelin (upper body) missed his first game of the season, which put Kurtis Foster into the lineup for the first time since a wayward puck found him on the bench, fracturing his larynx Nov. 29. Also scratched was winger Derek Boogaard.

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Houston 10 2nd Qtr 7:59
Pittsburgh 0
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 98 4th Qtr 0:48
Cleveland 105
New Orleans 83 4th Qtr 1:30
Washington 76
Milwaukee 77 3rd Qtr 5:01
New York 77
Philadelphia 61 3rd Qtr 3:54
Brooklyn 61
Charlotte 73 3rd Qtr 2:03
Atlanta 75
Sacramento 34 2nd Qtr 8:56
San Antonio 35
Memphis 34 2nd Qtr 9:01
Dallas 34
Tampa Bay 8:30 PM
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Ottawa 6 FINAL
Hamilton 16
Montreal 20 FINAL
Toronto 12
Calgary 33 FINAL
Winnipeg 23
Edmonton 24 FINAL
Saskatchewan 19
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