Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Harding starting; Stoner injured, Scott in

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild pregame skate Updated: December 29, 2009 - 2:38 PM

Backup goalie Josh Harding will get the nod tonight against the Ducks, who will be without injured Ryan Getzlaf among other top players including Teemu Selanne and Joffrey Lupul. Jonas Hiller will likely get the start.

Clayton Stoner looks to have some kind of groin or hip injury, and John Scott will replace him in the lineup.

Some AHL news, Maxim Noreau made the Canadian team in the AHL All-Star Game next month, while Anton Khudobin will make the Planet USA roster.

Olympic news tomorrow for the Wild. Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Antti Miettinen will be in the running for the Finnish team, while Martin Havlat, Marek Zidlicky and perhaps Petr Sykora will be in the running for the Czech team.

For your amusement, here's a picture of Cal Clutterbuck this morning. It doesn't do this look justice though.

Talk to you tonight.

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