Michael Russo | Star Tribune
Reporter | Wild, NHL

Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005.


After victory, a sense of normalcy returns for Wild

Weeks of tinkering - and five losses - gave way to consistent line combinations at the Wild's practice Wednesday afternoon.


Wild snaps losing streak but Boudreau still wary of what's ahead

After the Wild ended its five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over San Jose, coach Bruce Boudreau said he still needed more evidence of improvement.."Anybody can do anything once," he said.


With team 'leaking oil,' Wild's struggles show in Dubnyk's numbers

In the midst of marring what a month ago looked like a banner-raising season, the Wild needs goalie Devan Dubnyk to return to his earlier-season form.


Free-fall continues as Wild drops fourth straight

In front of a season-high crowd at Xcel Energy Center vs. the Rangers, the Wild held a brief lead but could not hang on and now sit five points back of the Blackhawks.


Wild notes: Assimilation continues as Hanzal returns to lineup

After missing three games and not playing in eight days because of strep throat, Martin Hanzal returned Saturday.


Bottom has fallen out for the Wild in March

Once a fast, structured team that was at the top of the Western Conference in goals, goals against, victories and points, the Wild's game has deteriorated.


Wild slouches home after 3-1 loss to Hurricanes ends rough trip

Struggling Carolina shut down a lackluster effort from the Wild, which has now lost six of eight games as the season hits its home stretch.


Wild, Boudreau battling fatigue factor

In the midst of a busy stretch of 20 games in the season's final 35 days, Bruce Boudreau said he thinks the Wild is cracking because of fatigue and lack of practice time.


In a flash, Wild's Staal to play in 1,000th NHL game Sunday

Fourteen years after being drafted second overall, Eric Staal will become the first member of the loaded 2003 class to play 1,000 games in an NHL uniform.


'Passive' Wild loses grip on conference, division leads after loss to Capitals

The Wild on Tuesday lost for the fifth time in seven games, and coupled with Chicago's victory over Montreal fell out of the Western Conference and Central Division lead by one point.