Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu decided his surgically repaired right ankle has not healed enough to allow him to play for Finland in the Olympics. Koivu, who had surgery after fracturing his right ankle while blocking a shot on Jan. 4, has been out the past 15 games for Minnesota heading into the Olympic break.
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Mikko Koivu’s return to the Minnesota Wild likely won’t come until after the Olympics, leaving his availability for Finland during the Winter Games in question. Koivu broke his right ankle Jan. 4 when he was hit by a puck and had surgery to accelerate the recovery. The captain and first-line center has resumed skating, but Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after practice Monday that Koivu’s availability for the last two games before the Olympics break was “highly in doubt.”
As many as five Minnesota Wild players will play for their native countries in the Winter Olympics next month. Forwards Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu were named Tuesday to Finland’s roster. Koivu’s participation is in question because of a broken ankle he suffered Saturday and had surgery to fix Monday.
The Minnesota Wild have placed goalie Josh Harding and center Mikko Koivu on injured reserve. The moves were made Monday. Defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Erik Haula were recalled from AHL affiliate Iowa.
The last 12 days of 2013 weren’t kind to the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota lost its final three games going into the Christmas break. Out of the break the Wild lost its next three games, the last two of which coming on home ice.
Blake Wheeler scored two goals and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 on Friday night.
Roberto Luongo was a lot better in Minnesota than he’d been in the past. Still, he wasn’t quite good enough to extend Vancouver’s seven-game winning streak.
Mikko Koivu scored the winner in the shootout and Josh Harding made two glove saves, helping the Minnesota Wild rally for a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Koivu beat Semyon Varlamov with a shot just under the crossbar. Zach Parise also scored for the Wild in the shootout. Matt Duchene had a shootout goal for the Avs, but Harding then stopped P.A. Parenteau and Ryan O’Reilly to preserve the win.
Although Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are world-class offensive talents riding long scoring streaks, they realize they’ll never measure up to unsung teammate Alex Grant and his perfect shooting percentage. Perry scored a goal in his seventh straight game, Getzlaf extended his point streak to 13 games and the Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.
Minnesota Wild players are taking off their helmets and taking orders. On Monday evening, they became celebrity waiters at the “Wild About Children” fundraiser. St. Paul’s Union Depot was transformed in to a fancy restaurant for the event, which benefits Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Skater-turned-waiter Mikko Koivu says his serving skills trump those of his teammates.
Ryan O’Reilly scored the only goal in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 35 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday night. Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal apiece to help the Avalanche sweep the home-and-home series with the Wild. John Mitchell added two assists for Colorado, which won a rare penalty-free game. Mikko Koivu and Matt Cooke scored goals and Josh Harding stopped 23 shots for the Wild.
The Minnesota Wild bounced back quickly from an ugly loss. Mikko Koivu scored the tiebreaking goal in the closing minutes of the third period and added two assists to lift the Wild to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Mikko Koivu scored two goals, including the winner with 3:12 remaining, and the Minnesota Wild extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.