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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Tonight's Wild lineup vs. Blue Jackets; Possible lineup at Pittsburgh

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild pregame skate Updated: September 23, 2011 - 12:14 PM


For the first time since April, there will be a hockey game at Xcel Energy Center tonight when Todd Richards and the Columbus Blue Jackets come to town.

Richards is now an assistant with Jax, who will usher in their hopeful new era with the Rick Nash-Jeff Carter-Vinny Prospal line.

Likewise, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi are excited to wear Wild uniforms for the first time tonight on their new line with Mikko Koivu.

The game will be streamed on wild.com and foxsportsnorth.com, you can listen on KFAN and of course, I'll have updates on twitter.com/russostrib.

The rest of the lineup:

Darroll Powe-Kyle Brodziak-Cal Clutterbuck

Brett Bulmer-Zack Phillips-Kris Foucault

Chad Rau-David McIntyre-Brad Staubitz

The defensemen will be:

Greg Zanon-Marek Zidlicky

Marco Scandella-Nate Prosser

Chay Genoway-Kris Fredheim

Goalies will be Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper.

On Saturday, the Wild will play a 2 p.m. CT game at Pittsburgh. That game can be seen on NHL Network, can be heard on KFAN and you can get updates on twitter.com/russostrib.

I've got a partial lineup:

Guillaume Latendresse-Matt Cullen-Pierre-Marc Bouchard

Colton Gillies-Eric Nystrom-Jarod Palmer

Jeff Taffe-Warren Peters-Jed Ortmeyer

Jon DiSalvatore-David McIntyre-XXXXX

The 12th forward will be Carson McMillan, Brad Staubitz or Brett Bulmer

The defensemen will be:

Clayton Stoner-Jared Spurgeon

Justin Falk-Jordan Hendry

Jeff Penner-XXXX

The sixth defenseman will be Kris Fredheim or Marco Scandella

The goalies will be Niklas Backstrom and Dennis Endras.

Couple other notes:

--Taylor Peters' amateur tryout has ended. He was released and sent back to WHL Portland this morning. The Wild may have interest still in signing him.

--Casey Wellman (back) was due to practice today.

Talk to you after the game and later on Twitter.


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