Posted December 16, 2011 on
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The Minnesota Wild are trying to regroup after back-to-back losses slowed their momentum. Coping with a slew of injuries may pose a major obstacle to getting it back.
The Wild look to withstand the absences of as many as four forwards when they host the struggling New York Islanders on Saturday night.
No team has more points than Minnesota (20-8-4), but the club is on the brink of its first three-game losing streak.
The Wild had a season-high seven-game winning streak halted with Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Winnipeg, which they followed with a 4-3 shootout defeat against Chicago the next day.
Gaining only one of four points in the standings was tough enough, but Minnesota may have been dealt more significant blows with injuries to forwards Mikko Koivu (leg), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (broken nose) and Guillaume Latendresse.
Koivu, who leads Minnesota with 28 points, won't play Saturday. The captain has four goals and four assists during a six-game scoring streak.
Just off injured...
BEST OF MAXIM
FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: The injuries keep piling up for the Minnesota Wild. Center Mikko Koivu will not play Saturday against the New York Islanders.
Minnesota's captain, who leads the team with 28 points, was injured during Thursday's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, and coach Mike Yeo says Koivu is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
"You see him go off the ice...
Niklas Backstrom has been here before, but it has been a few years since his name was tossed around when the Vezina Trophy was being discussed. It was the 2008-09 season, and Backstrom was coming off back-to-back 30-plus win seasons. He put up tremendous numbers on a team that missed the playoffs and eventually finished second to Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.The next two years...
Captain Mikko Koivu injured himself late in Wednesday night's loss to Chicago.
Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are among the key forwards out with injuries, prompting more calls to Houston.
Making a grand return to his home state, former Miami University standout Jarod Palmer is slated to make his National Hockey League debut Saturday as he was called up to the Minnesota Wild, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Friday.
NFL icon wants concussion issue treated more seriously, and uses his video game to make the point
The latest is captain Mikko Koivu, who hurt his leg in overtime against Chicago. First word is it isn't serious.
For any of you TV trivia buffs out there, can you give me the name of the theme song to the hit TV show M*A*S*H? No, its not called the M*A*S*H theme song, but one of the most depressing titles in music history; Suicide Is Painless by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman. The song choice is appropriate for the show that had a strong anti-war message as it plotted the difficult journey...
Isles 2, Wild 1 (SO)
Frans Nielsen scored the only goal of the shootout and Al Montoya made 20 saves as the Islanders earned their first point beyond 60 minutes this season with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in front of 18,20...
The fist-place Minnesota Wild will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they host the lowly New York Islanders for this evening's clash at Xcel Energy Center.