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.

Also find Russo on Facebook.

Email Michael to talk about hockey.

Erik Haula expects to make NHL debut; Mike Rupp leaves Wild for a few days

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild pregame skate Updated: November 29, 2013 - 3:23 PM

The Wild has recalled center/winger Erik Haula from AHL Iowa. Veteran Mike Rupp has been designated for non-roster status because he is heading home for a few days because of a death in his family, Rupp said today.

Haula was in town for Thanksgiving, so the Wild had his equipment shipped to Minnesota from Des Moines, Iowa. He got a call yesterday that this most likely would happen.

Coach Mike Yeo is keeping tonight's roster mum until warmups, but Haula, the former Gopher, thinks he is making his NHL debut during today's 5 p.m. game against the Colorado Avalanche.

"Every time I've been here, you always think of what it feels like," Haula said. "Now it’s actually happening. It’s pretty crazy."

Haula didn't even have his suit here, saying, "Thankfully it was Black Friday. I got a good deal."

The Wild does need a second-line center and Haula says he is playing center. The original plan was to play Justin Fontaine there, but with Rupp put on non-roster status, the Wild was able to open up a roster spot for Haula. Haula is tied for second on Iowa with 10 points (four goals) in 18 games and I felt was having a great training camp until about three or four days to go.

My guess now is Fontaine only plays if Zach Parise can't because the third line is expected to be Jason Zucker-Kyle Brodziak-Dany Heatley and the fourth line is expected to be Matt Cooke-Zenon Konopka-Torrey Mitchell. I'd think Mitchell plays over Fontaine because of his penalty-kill role.

I think Parise may be playing. Yeo wouldn't say for sure, but he was just on the bench listening to music doing his normal pregame visualization.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere in goal for Colorado. My guess is Josh Harding starts for Minnesota, but we will find out soon.

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Miami 5 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 4 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Nathan 6
Minnesota 4 FINAL
Boston 5
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Cincinnati 13 FINAL
Cleveland 2
Los Angeles 9 FINAL
Chicago WSox 6
Kansas City 3 FINAL
Seattle 0
Seattle 1 FINAL
Milwaukee 15
San Diego 3 FINAL
Arizona 3
NY Mets 3 Top 8th Inning
Washington 3
LA Angels 4 Top 4th Inning
Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 8:05 PM
Texas
Oakland 9:05 PM
San Francisco
Indiana 7:00 PM
Milwaukee
Pittsburgh 1 2nd Prd 16:57
Carolina 2
New Jersey 0 2nd Prd 18:10
Washington 2
Los Angeles 0 2nd Prd 13:41
NY Islanders 1
Arizona 1 2nd Prd 15:05
Buffalo 1
Anaheim 0 2nd Prd 18:10
Boston 0
Nashville 2 1st Prd 1:47
Tampa Bay 0
San Jose 2 1st Prd 5:01
Detroit 2
NY Rangers 2 1st Prd 5:14
Ottawa 1
Florida 0 1st Prd 3:53
Toronto 0
Montreal 7:00 PM
Winnipeg
Colorado 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Wichita State 30 2nd Half
Notre Dame 33
North Carolina 19 1st Half 8:06
Wisconsin 17
Evansville 7:30 PM
Louisiana
West Virginia 8:45 PM
Kentucky
Xavier 9:17 PM
Arizona
St Johns 35 2nd Half 14:02
Villanova 37
NC State 38 2nd Half 15:59
Temple 38
Missouri 35 2nd Half 14:48
Michigan 38
Oral Roberts 37 2nd Half 17:18
Louisiana 25
Duquesne 28 2nd Half 13:57
West Virginia 45
Ole Miss 0 1st Half 16:54
Middle Tennessee 7
Northern Colorado 9:00 PM
UCLA
St Marys-CA 9:00 PM
Sacramento St
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What are you following most closely right now?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT