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Koivu's return may scramble Wild lines

Mikko Koivu might return to the Wild lineup tomorrow night, and if he does, the big question is...will he be reunited with Dany Heatley on the top line? Heatley has been clicking with Kyle Brodziak and Nick Johnson, which might force coach Mike Yeo to put Koivu on another line that can generate offense.
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Mikko Koivu might return to the Wild lineup tomorrow night, and if he does, the big question is...will he be reunited with Dany Heatley on the top line? Heatley has been clicking with Kyle Brodziak and Nick Johnson, which might force coach Mike Yeo to put Koivu on another line that can generate offense.

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