MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Senators blank Wild
ST. PAUL -- Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner made 27 saves to earn a shutout, as the Senators blanked the Minnesota Wild 3-0 last night in St. Paul. Minnesota netminder Darcy Kuemper allowed all three goals on 32 shots for Minnesota, which has lost two-of-three on the heels of a four-game winning streak. The Wild host the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow.
The Florida Panthers will be the host team for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida will be the site for the two-day draft, set for June 26-27 of next year. The Panthers previously hosted the draft in 2001. This year's draft will be hosted by the Philadelphia Flyers from June 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.
Golden Gopher hockey goalie Adam Wilcox of South St. Paul has been named this week's Big Ten Conference Third Star. Wilcox helped Minnesota to a weekend sweep at Penn State, turning in a career high 36 saves in Monday's 5-2 victory. Bemidji State goaltender Jesse Wilkins of Calgary is this week's WCHA Rookie of the Week. He helped the Beavers to back-to-back road wins at Lake Superior State over the weekend. His sophomore teammate Cory Ward of Las Vegas is the league's Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four points in the sweep. Alaska-Anchorage senior netminder Chris Kamal of Alpharetta, Georgia is the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after notching a pair of wins over Minnesota State-Mankato.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are back in action tomorrow night as they host ninth-ranked Ohio State at Williams Arena in Big Ten men's basketball. The Gopher men are coming off an 87-75 overtime setback at fifth-ranked Michigan State on Saturday. Minnesota is now 13-and-4 on the year and 2-and-2 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are 15-and-2 and 2-and-2. Tomorrow's tipoff is set for 8 p.m. There are tickets still remaining for the game at the Barn.
The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Sacramento Kings tonight at the Target Center. Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games following Sunday's 104-86 setback in San Antonio. The T'wolves are 18-and-19 on the season The Kings sit at 13-and-23. Sacramento lost at Indianapolis last night 116-92.
More documents are being requested by the Minnesota Supreme Court in a legal challenge to the funding of the new Vikings stadium. The paperwork is due to the state's highest court by the end of the day tomorrow (Thu) Former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Doug Mann and two other people are seeking to halt stadium bond sales by the state, arguing tax dollars are already being allocated to the stadium. They add the Minneapolis city charter requires voters to approve the 150-million the city has promised.
The Minnesota Vikings rank 12th in the NFL in local television viewing. According to Sports Business Daily," the Vikings had a 32.8-percent viewership of regular-season games in their home market. The Saints led the league at 52-percent. The Denver Broncos were second with 43.5-percent viewership. The NFL average this season was 28.5-percent.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer could be closing in on his first NFL head coaching job. Zimmer had a second interview with the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. He is considered the favorite to land the gig by most, but has not been hired yet and the Vikings may conduct other interviews this week.
A federal judge is denying approval of the 765-million-dollar concussion settlement between the NFL and its retired players. U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody says she is concerned the amount will not be enough to cover the benefits to compensate all retired and future retired players over the length of the deal. The proposal is set to provide compensation and medical benefits for retired NFL players or their surviving families. Money was also set to fund future medical research for players with head injuries. The deal that was agreed upon in August is not completely dead. The judge wants more financial information from both parties before moving forward. Over 45-hundred retired players are part of the suit against the NFL, but the deal would apply to all retired and future retired NFL players.
The 54th annual Twins Caravan continues throughout the Upper Midwest this week and next week. Twins pitcher Brian Duensing, outfielder Ryan Pressly, and broadcaster Dick Bremer are scheduled to make stops in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota today. Minnesota pitchers Kyle Gibson, Caleb Thielbar, former star Tony Oliva, and broadcaster Cory Provus will be in southeastern Minnesota today. Here is the remaining tentative schedule of the Twins Caravan (guests and schedule subject to change without notice):
Wednesday, January 15th: Worthington, Sioux City (IA), Sioux Falls (SD) -- Duensing, Pressly, Bremer
Wednesday, January 15th: St. Charles, Preston, Winona -- Gibson, Thielbar, Oliva, Provus
Thursday, January 16th: Marshall, Windom, Sleepy Eye, Mankato -- Duensing, Pressly, Bremer
Thursday, January 16th: Eau Claire (WI), St. Paul, St. Cloud -- Gibson, Thielbar, Provus
Monday, January 20th: Valley City (ND), Jamestown (ND), Detroit Lakes, Fargo -- Swarzak, Plouffe, Steinbach, Blyleven, St. Peter
Monday, January 20th: Minneapolis, Waconia, Glencoe, Montevideo, Willmar -- Perkins, Dozier, Brunansky, Gladden
Tuesday, January 21st: Grand Forks (ND), Crookston, Erskine, Bagley, Bemidji -- Swarzak, Plouffe, Steinbach, Blyleven
Tuesday, January 21st: Benson, Ortonville, Wahpeton (ND), Fergus Falls -- Perkins, Dozier, Brunansky, Gladden
Tuesday, January 21st: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington -- Mauer, Florimon, Nolasco, Atteberry
Wednesday, January 22nd: Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Ely -- Swarzak, Plouffe, Steinbach, Blyleven
Wednesday, January 22nd: Morris, Glenwood, Freeport, Alexandria -- Perkins, Dozier, Brunansky, Gladden
Wednesday, January 22nd: Pine City, Amery (WI), Red Wing -- Florimon, Nolasco, Bremer
Thursday, January 23rd: Virginia, Cloquet, Duluth -- Swarzak, Plouffe, Steinbach, Blyleven
Thursday, January 23rd: Wadena, Aitkin, Brainerd, Little Falls -- Perkins, Dozier, Fien, Diamond, Brunansky, Gladden