Michael Russo

Reporter | Wild, NHL
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Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005.

Recent content from Michael Russo

Wild short on defensemen with Ballard, Scandella out

Keith Ballard is out indefinitely with facial fractures and a concussion sustained Tuesday night while Marco Scandella must sit out two games after delivering an illegal hit.

Updated: December 11, 2014, - 12:25 AM

Wild's Scandella suspended two games for illegal check to the head

Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has been suspended two games for an illegal check to Brock Nelson’s head Tuesday night.

Updated: December 10, 2014, - 07:27 PM

Wild's four-goal outburst beats Islanders after Ballard injured

After Keith Ballard took a nasty hit, his teammates rallied. It was the first time the Wild had ever rallied from three goals down to win in regulation.

Updated: December 10, 2014, - 10:10 AM

Wild notes: Players shaken by the aftermath of hit on Ballard

As excited as the Wild was by Tuesday’s comeback from three goals down to beat the New York Islanders, all thoughts were with defenseman Keith Ballard after the game.

Updated: December 10, 2014, - 12:53 AM

Josh Harding hospitalized over weekend for dehydration

Harding’s dehydration is related to his multiple sclerosis, sources say, and he is listed by the Wild as day to day.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 08:53 AM

Wild's Suter gets over the mumps

While many of his teammates got a booster shot in mid-November because the mumps were slithering around the team, the Wild’s No. 1 defenseman declined. He said with a big, embarrassed laugh Monday that it might have been a mistake.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 08:43 AM

Wild is striving to rise above wild-card bubble

The team sits 10th in the West with 29 points in 25 games heading into Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders.

Updated: December 07, 2014, - 08:36 PM

Vanek asks for spot on Wild's top line, now he's expected to produce

The struggling winger asked for the move. Now coach expects production.

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 11:55 PM

Wild notes: Two healthy defensemen trying to avoid mumps

As the only two members of the Wild blue line who haven’t caught the mumps, Jared Spurgeon and Nate Prosser are trying to stay healthy.

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 11:45 PM

Wild wastes comeback at home against Anaheim, falls 5-4

The Wild broke a power-play drought in a big way Friday night, then let Ducks off the hook allowing a late goal to lose the game.

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 12:17 AM

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