It was only two hours before tonight’s game with Detroit at Joe Louis Arena, but Wild coach John Torchetti wasn’t ready to make many definitive announcements, other than this:
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon, injured by a Bobby Ryan shot 26 seconds into his second shift Thursday against Ottawa, will not play tonight.Torchetti said Spurgeon, who has a lower body injury, is day-to-day.
Other than that, we’ll have to wait until after warmups to know the following:
--Whether Thomas Vanek or David Jones will play.
--Who will start in goal.
Vanek was cross-checked Tuesday by Chicago’s Viktor Svedberg. He tried to warm up prior to Thursday’s game, but was not ready to play.
Jones, meanwhile, has missed two games due to illness.
Torchetti said he knows it won’t be easy tonight. The Wild is on the back end of a back-to-back while the Red Wings are rested. Plus, Detroit is battling to keep alive a streak of having made the playoffs 24 straight years.
“I know the coaching staff pretty good,” Torchetti said. “They’ll come out fast. [Head coach Jeff] Blashill likes to come out and be aggressive right away against a team that’s coming in after a game. And they’ve had a few days off, so maybe they’ll shorten their bench a little bit.’’
Torchetti, unhappy with the battle level of his team Thursday, was asked if he needed to talk about his team on the subject. “It’s been addressed,’’ he said. “It’s been addressed for sure. … We should have plenty of energy, coming off last night when we didn’t have a lot.’’