MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild host defending Stanley Cup champions
Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo says he will likely just throw the film from Tuesday night's 4-0 loss at Dallas into the garbage. He says he trusts his team will respond to his challenge to be better from the opening faceoff when they host Chicago tonight in St. Paul. Yeo says his team won the opening faceoff Tuesday in Dallas, then proceeded to spend the first half-minute of the game in their own end. Minnesota goaltender Johan Gustafsson back to AHL Iowa yesterday. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center tonight. Chicago lost in a shootout 5-4 at Detroit last night.
A pair of Big Ten women's basketball teams trying to remain in the chase for the postseason hook up tonight at Williams Arena The University of Minnesota entertains border rival the University of Wisconsin this evening. The Golden Gophers are 12-and-7 overall and 1-and-4 in the Big Ten. Two of the team's four league defeats have come via overtime. The Badgers are 9-and-8 overall and 2-and-3 in the league. The tipoff tonight is 8 p.m. at the Barn.
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman says he liked the fire his team displayed in the first quarter of Tuesday night's 112-97 win at Utah. The win brought Minnesota to within a game of .500 and gave them their second straight victory. The Wolves held an 18-point lead after one quarter. Minnesota is at Golden State on tomorrow night in a game that tips off at 9:30 p.m., Minnesota time.
Minnesota women's hockey goaltender Amanda Leveille of Kingston, Ontario is this week's WCHA women's hockey Defensive Player of the Week. Leveille recorded back-to-back shutout wins for the Gophers over Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend. Wisconsin junior Brittany Ammerman is the league's Offensive Player of the Week, while North Dakota goalie Lexi Shaw is the WCHA Rookie of the Week.
The 54th annual Twins Caravan is in its final day. Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak, infielder Trevor Plouffe, former Twin Terry Steinbach and broadcaster Bert Blyleven will visit three Minnesota locations today. Pitcher Glen Perkins, infielder Brian Dozier, former Twin Tom Brunansky, and broadcaster Dan Gladden will make four stops in Minnesota today. Here is the remaining tentative schedule of the Twins Caravan (guests and schedule subject to change without notice):
Thursday, January 23rd: Virginia, Cloquet, Duluth -- Swarzak, Plouffe, Steinbach, Blyleven
Thursday, January 23rd: Wadena, Aitkin, Brainerd, Little Falls -- Perkins, Dozier, Fien, Diamond, Brunansky, Gladden
There's a lot of cleaning up to do at Metlife Stadium, a day after a huge snowstorm hit the site of this year's Super Bowl. NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman says if the Super Bowl were to be played today, it would be no problem. Grubman says he just can't say if the game would be played if a storm like yesterday's were to hit eleven days from now, on Super Bowl Sunday.