Arriving at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday morning, it was an early start to a long day of work for the Wild. The ice is frozen, the air is cool even from the stands where all the media was sitting with their laptops open and coffee in another hand. It wasn't a relaxing day for the players by any means. At 10 AM, even before the hit the ice for practice, goalies Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom were on the ice with coach Bob Mason. Working on movement drills, reaction drills, and breakout drills, both goaltenders looked sharp and poised. By 10:30 AM, the first group of Wild players entered the arena mainly starters from last year and a few new faces. The main focus of the practice today? Skating, offensive pressure, zone defense, and playing the body. The players on ...
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