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

Despite struggles, Wild GM Fletcher will stay the course

The Wild, one of the top teams the first month, have lost nine of their past 14.

Updated: December 26, 2014, - 11:09 PM

Sloppy start, shoddy defense doom Wild to 5-2 loss to Flyers

The Wild sputtered into the holiday hiatus with a listless 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Updated: December 24, 2014, - 12:34 AM

Wild notes: Haula, Fontaine, Prosser scratched

The NHL’s three-day Christmas break begins Wednesday, but for a handful of struggling players, it began a day early.Forwards Erik...

Updated: December 24, 2014, - 12:30 AM

Goaltending struggles are Wild's major issue

The Wild’s struggles have many reasons, but none is bigger than its substandard goaltending.

Updated: December 22, 2014, - 11:46 PM

Cooke could spark Wild out of malaise

The Wild is so desperate for the energy and physicality that Matt Cooke can provide, the team plans to play him Saturday even though his second practice in 7½ weeks will come Friday.

Updated: December 18, 2014, - 11:54 PM

Wild notes: Yeo eases Niederreiter into bigger roles

Nino Niederreiter’s ice time, which ranks eighth among Wild forwards, continues to be a topic with Wild fans and the media.

Updated: December 18, 2014, - 12:28 AM

Frustration mounts for Wild: 'We've got to stop losing'

The Wild, in a win-one, lose-one pattern for a month, rallied in the third period Wednesday to get a point in the standings but succumbed to the Bruins in overtime.

Updated: December 18, 2014, - 12:21 AM

Despite its health issues, Wild rallies but falls short

Despite two sick goalies, the Wild put a scare into the Blackhawks before losing on two late goals.

Updated: December 17, 2014, - 05:33 AM

Sutter's debut vs. Blackhawks fitting

His father, Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter, used to coach the Blackhawks and spent his entire playing career with Chicago. Brett Sutter lived in Chicago as a kid and was a big Blackhawks fan.

Updated: December 17, 2014, - 12:00 AM

When a Finn turns fiery: 'Angry Mikko' inspires Wild

A chippy side to Wild captain Mikko Koivu, as shown in his reaction to Keith Ballard's injury, has coincided with stretch of improved play. Fans know it as "Angry Mikko"

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 07:13 AM

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