Saturday, January 15, 2011

Theo Still Not Practicing Today

From Russo's twitter:

"Strength coach Chris P-W tending goal, too. 3 goalies w Khudobin and Backstrom."

Then a bit later:
"Niklas Backstrom, who hasn't started since Dec. 31 because of a hip injury, is practicing this morning. Matt Hackett was reassigned, meaning Backstrom should be at least able to back up tomorrow against Vancouver.
I'll look to get an update after practice."

So that would indicate that Theo will not be dressing for the game tomorrow either. I hope we get an update on his status today. :o(


Tidbit about "ugly goals" that goalies endure. I'm referring to the 3rd goal scored against Khudobin last night. Poor kid. I felt so bad for him. And as it bounced in, I thought, "I bet every goalie has had at least one of those in their career." Then I read Glen Andresen's 5 Takeaways today, and he mentioned the very thing:

"Khudobin gave up two goals in the first period tonight, both coming on snipes by Kevin Porter and Milan Hejduk. Of course, everybody’s going to remember the goal that Khudobin gave up in the second when a bouncing, fluttering floater sent into the zone by Tomas Fleischmann fooled the Wild keeper and skipped between his arm and body.

Khudobin slumped. The crowd groaned. And meanwhile, the three Wild goaltenders that rank higher on the depth chart – Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Jose Theodore – watched from the player’s lounge along with PR guru, Aaron Sickman. Immediately, the three began telling each other stories about nightmare goals they’ve let in.

The goal didn’t happen because Khudobin is a young AHL-er. The goal happened because every goalie is going to allow one of those in their career."

Exactly, Glen, exactly. And I bet those older goalies had a few encouraging words for Anton after the game. They're good guys like that.

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