Wild hope to have Koivu back against Avalanche

The Minnesota Wild hobbled into the Christmas break riding a six-game losing streak. Their fortunes may turn around as early as tonight at home against Colorado -- especially if the injured Mikko Koivu is cleared to play.
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The Minnesota Wild hobbled into the Christmas break riding a six-game losing streak. Their fortunes may turn around as early as tonight at home against Colorado -- especially if the injured Mikko Koivu is cleared to play.

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The Wild hobble into Calgary tonight to play the Flames. Injuries seem to be catching up with the club. Minnesota is playing without three key forwards, including Mikko Koivu, who leads the team with 28 points.

Wild needs captain Koivu back

Mikko Koivu's lower-body injury might be the biggest reason why the Wild is in the midst of a season-worst slump. The team captain had scored in 13 of his past 14 games before being injured against the Blackhawks. Without Koivu, the Wild has a total of two goals in three games.

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.

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.

Koivu back in the lineup to face Colorado

Minnesota Wild fans can look for Mikko Koivu back on the ice. The team's captain and leading scorer returns after a leg injury forced him to miss four games. Minnesota lost six straight games, scoring only three goals in four games. The Wild hope to turn things around Monday night at the Xcel Energy Center against the Avalanche.

Koivu still out as Wild face Blue Jackets

Wild coach Mike Yeo tells the Star Tribune he’ll keep Mikko Koivu out of the lineup tonight in Columbus. Koivu is recovering from a shoulder injury. Yeo says Koivu is “very close” to returning, but no quite yet. His return might come as early as Thursday’s game against Vancouver.

Koivu the latest Wild player injured

Considering how many injuries the Wild has suffered, it's amazing they lead the NHL in points. Mikko Koivu, the captain, is the latest to go down with an injury. The team says the injury isn't serious, but wouldn't provide further details.