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Koivu to return to Wild lineup

Wild captain Mikko Koivu will return to the lineup tomorrow night against Calgary. He's missed 15 straight games -- and 23 of the past 27 -- with a shoulder injury.
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Wild captain Mikko Koivu will return to the lineup tomorrow night against Calgary. He's missed 15 straight games -- and 23 of the past 27 -- with a shoulder injury.

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