Sunday, January 2, 2011

Theo Will Start Tonight Against Phoenix, 5:00 pm CST

José will start tonight against Phoenix. I'm not sure if it's because Backstrom is still having trouble with his knee or if he would've started anyway. But either way, José will get the chance to log his 250th career win tonight. AND on the 10th anniversary of him scoring that goal against the Islanders. That's pretty cool!

This was the "worthless stat" of the day on the Wild's website: "With Theodore getting the start, he could aim to score the first goal by a goaltender in Wild history. Sure, it’s an odd thing to look out for, but today marks the 10-year anniversary of Theodore scoring the only goal by a goaltender in the illustrious history of the Montreal Canadiens."

Here was one of the game notes: G Jose Theodore is one win shy of 250 for his career. Only seven active goaltenders have reached that milestone.

Here's the tweet from mnwild:
"Theodore starts tonight for #mnwild, on 10-year anniversary of him scoring a goal vs. NYI. Note courtesty of Dave Stubbs of Montreal Gazette"

I watched the pregame video of Coach Richards, and he mentioned the Backstrom/Theo situation. Here's what he said:

"I believe it's a day-to-day. It was expressed to me as it would probably just be more beneficial if he just didn't play today. It would help him out. In two days he should be ready to go. And having said that too, if something did happen to Theo, that was my next question to him, if something happens to Theo can he go on and play, and he said absolutely."

The "he" he refers to must've been Bob Mason, the goalie coach. I'd say that's who made the decision. So I'd say if Backstrom was totally healthy, he probably would've played tonight. But a rest would be good for his knee, and since they have a very good back-up in José, why not use him.

Now, let's go Wild and get Theo his 250th win!!!

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