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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Backstrom practicing today, could start vs. Oilers

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild practice Updated: November 25, 2011 - 7:42 AM

I'll be on KFAN Friday morning from 9:15-9:55 live from the Buffalo Wild Wings in West St. Paul. (1458 South Robert Street)

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Niklas Backstrom, who missed Wednesday's game against Nashville due to a personal matter, is practicing today, which means he'd be available to start Friday vs. the Edmonton Oilers.

The Wild has beaten Edmonton 17 consecutive times at home.

Backstrom is 20-2-1 with a 1.66 GAA, a .938 SV% and four shutouts in 25 starts against the Oilers…At home he is 15-0-0 with a 1.19 GAA, a .954 SV% and four shutouts.

Remember, the faceoff is 3 p.m. (originally 1 p.m.) to get out of the exclusive NBC TV window.


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