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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Wild recalls three players

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: January 30, 2012 - 9:34 AM

Morning from somewhere over Iowa or Wisconsin or California or something.

With the All-Star break over, the Wild resumes practice this afternoon at Xcel Energy Center at 2 o'clock. I'm hearing Chad Rau, Jed Ortmeyer and Matt Kassian, who were part of the Wild's two-game winning streak over Dallas and Colorado before the break, will all return.

Hopefully we'll get injury updates on Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse later, too.

The Nashville Predators, who were absolutely sizzling hot before the break, also will practice in Minnesota today. The Preds have won 9 of 10 and their goalie, Pekka Rinne, was just named Second Star of the Week in the NHL. He's won only nine in a row -- allowing two goals or fewer in each start.

Talk to you after practice. You can also follow along on Twitter at www.twitter.com/russostrib.

 

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