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.
Charlie Coyle put Minnesota ahead with 8:22 remaining after Florida scored twice in the third period to tie it, and the Wild hung on to beat the Panthers 3-2 on Friday night for their sixth win in seven games.
Brad Boyes and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in a shootout, lifting the Florida Panthers over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Boyes’ backhander went through the legs of goalie Josh Harding for the winner. Huberdeau beat Harding on the stick side for the first shootout goal. Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu were turned aside by Panthers goalie Tim Thomas in the shootout. Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation for Florida, and Thomas made 31 saves.
Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago, and the Blackhawks ratcheted up their defense, putting the Minnesota Wild on the brink of elimination with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night.
Corey Potter and Nail Yakupov both scored two goals, and the Edmonton Oilers prevented the Minnesota Wild from clinching a spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 6-1 rout on Friday night.
The time on the scoreboard was ticking toward zero. The Minnesota Wild were clinging to a one-goal lead the Los Angeles Kings weren’t ready to give up on.
Logan Couture and Marty Havlat did much more than just shut down Minnesota’s top line. They dominated the score sheet for San Jose, as well.
Jason Pominville scored twice to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 Monday night, snapping a three-game winless skid.
Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Mikko Koivu scored at 2:43 of overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 comeback victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night, extending the Wild’s winning streak to seven and the Coyotes’ skid to seven.
Zach Parise scored two goals and added an assist and the Minnesota Wild extended their winning streak to six games with a 7-4 win over Dallas Stars on Monday.
Matt Cullen scored the shootout-winning goal to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Mikko Koivu made up for a frustrating stretch without a goal by Minnesota, scoring 9 seconds into the third period to snap a tie and spark the Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
Mikko Koivu scored the winner in the shootout and the Minnesota Wild got their first road victory of the season with a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.