Koivu cleared to return as Wild open long homestand

At XCel Energy Center, a tough one for the Wild tonight as they take on Vancouver, who have won 7 of their last 10. Minnesota might get some extra scoring punch, though, as Mikko Koivu has been cleared to return after missing eight games with a shoulder injury.
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At XCel Energy Center, a tough one for the Wild tonight as they take on Vancouver, who have won 7 of their last 10. Minnesota might get some extra scoring punch, though, as Mikko Koivu has been cleared to return after missing eight games with a shoulder injury.

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