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Russo's Rants


Postgame: Tired-looking Wild lack energy, fight in loss to Flyers

The Wild lost for the eighth time in 10 games and ninth time in 12 games in the month of March.


Kunin headed to AHL Wild at opportune time: 'I want to be a winner wherever I go'

Luke Kunin's arrival with Iowa comes at a good time after he signed a contract with the Wild on Thursday.


Wild signs Luke Kunin to contract starting next season

Luke Kunin

The 2015 Wild first-round pick captained the United States to gold at the most recent world junior championships and was the first sophomore captain at Wisconsin since the 1970s.


Good news for Wild: No changes at practice, for a change

The same lines and the same defensive pairs were on the ice as the Wild looks for its first winning streak since Feb. 27-28 on Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.


Postgame: Wild earns much-needed victory against San Jose

The Wild snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the third time in 11 games this month.


Boudreau on Sunday's postgame: 'I didn't want to say anything stupid'

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau explained why he ended Sunday's nights postgame press session in less than a half-minute and then looked ahead to what the Wild needs to do against San Jose at the X.


Wild draft pick Kunin weighing decision to leave Badgers, turn pro

The Wild hopes to sign the 2016 first-round pick, whose sophomore season at Wisconsin ended in the Big Ten hockey tournament title game loss.


Postgame: Players hold meeting after Wild's fifth straight loss

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau spoke to his team during a timeout in the first period against the Jets in Winnipeg on Sunday.

After the Wild's 5-4 loss here in Winnipeg tonight, there was a players-only meeting. Coach Bruce Boudreau, dealing with the first five-game losing streak of his coaching career, had a brief, 28-second post-game news conference.


Postgame: Mental toughness, simplicity needed for Wild to escape doldrums

Bruce Boudreau will have some heavy lifting to held Wild get out of funk, which reached 2-7 in March Saturday against the Rangers.


Hanzal expected to return as Wild looks to snap out of funk

Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) blocked a shot by Martin Hanzal (19) in the third period. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cgonzalez@startribune.com - March 7, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild

The Wild hosts the best road team in the NHL tonight, the New York Rangers.


Postgame: Wild reeling after 1-4 road trip

Carolina Hurricanes' Derek Ryan (33) and Minnesota Wild's Erik Haula (56), of Finland, struggle for possession of the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Wild fell for a sixth time in eight games Thursday night when the lowly Carolina Hurricanes took a 3-1 decision.


Boudreau, wanting big effort tonight, cancels morning skate

The Wild, with losses in four of its past five games, faces the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.


Ex-Hurricanes star Staal returns to North Carolina for second time

Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12)

The skidding Wild looks to rebound Thursday at Carolina.as Eric Staal returns to the city where his career started and first flourished.


Postgame: Too many mistakes as Wild's skid continues

Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) gets stuck between Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) and defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Wild lost 4-2 in Washington for its fifth loss in seven games to lose its spot atop the West.


Winter Storm aside, Wild and Capitals look to get back on track

Minnesota Wild's Devan Dubnyk, left, makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

The slumping conference leaders go toe to toe tonight in snowy D.C.


Hanzal expected to miss last two games of Wild trip

Wild forward Martin Hanzal

The Wild and Capitals on Tuesday night could feature the two top teams in the Western and Eastern Conferences.


Postgame: Hawks continue to show Wild who's boss

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, center, makes a glove-save as Johnny Oduya, left, Nick Schmaltz (8) and Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal watch during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Chicago.

It wasn't a shrewd move to stake the mighty Hawks a 2-0 lead before many fans had a chance to even digest brunch and their first Bloody Mary.


Martin Hanzal will miss today's Wild-Blackhawks game

Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) blocked a shot by Martin Hanzal (19) in the third period.

The Wild and Hawks meet for the final time in the regular season at 11:30 a.m. Devan Dubnyk will be looking for his career-high 37th victory, which would match the Wild's team record.


Postgame: Relentless forecheck results in 46 shots, seven goals by Wild

Minnesota Wild players celebrated after defeating the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla.

The Wild rallied to beat the Florida Panthers, 7-4.


Wild looks to bounce back tonight at Florida, will be patient with Hanzal

Martin Hanzal has three assists in six games, is minus-3 and has won only 44.9 percent of his face-offs. He hasn't fit in as quickly as the Wild hoped he would.