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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Latendresse, Setoguchi switch spots to open game against Canucks

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild pregame skate Updated: November 3, 2011 - 11:50 AM

The musical chairs that is the Wild's top lines will continue tonight when coach Mike Yeo comes back with the tweaks he made in the third period Tuesday in Detroit.

Guillaume Latendresse will open tonight's game against the Canuckleheads on the left side of Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley, while Devin Setoguchi will be on the right side of Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen.

"I thought that both lines had more jump once we made that switch," coach Mike Yeo said. "Two very different dynamics with both lines. One's sort of built around speed and one's size and power. ... Gui, up with Mikko and Heater, gives them a guy that has a pretty defined element to his game as far as he will make plays, but he's going to go to the net, he's going to be first to pucks in corners, he's strong on the puck.

"And Seto, the speed it brings [Cullen and Bouchard]. For whatever reason, Seto's game playing on the right side, has been a little better. But also when he's playing away from [Koivu and Heatley], he's almost like he's put a little more on his own shoulders."

Josh Harding vs. Cory Schneider tonight.

Defenseman Clayton Stoner won't play tonight as the Wild gives his gruesome-looking finger more time to heal. Plus, the top six D of Scandella, Spurgeon, Schultz, Zidlicky, Falk and Prosser deserve another shot, Yeo said. Expect a lot of Scandella vs. the Sedins tonight.

Matt Kassian cleared waivers and was assigned to Houston. 

Greg Zanon and Mike Lundin skated before the morning skate. Zanon looks hampered by the groin injury still.

Pekka Rinne just signed a 7-year, $49 million extension with Nashville. That's Nik Backstrom's old goalie partner from Finland, and he gets a bigger AAV of $7 million per as opposed to Backstrom's $6 million per.

Talk to you tonight.

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