THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: Mikko Koivu, who has missed the last 13 games with an upper-body injury, participated in his first full practice without wearing a non-contact jersey. The center, who has 10 goals and 27, assists in 45 games this season, looked good on the ice and was working at full speed.
"I thought it was a good pace for practice and also did some battle drills, so obviously it's more fun than to skate by your own. . . . It was a good feeling," he said.
The Wild will practice again Friday, and Koivu will see how he feels before a decision is made about his status for Saturday afternoon game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
"You need more than one practice, but see tonight and obviously tomorrow morning how it responds and go from there. That is all you can do at this point," Koivu said.
The Wild would love to see Koivu back in the lineup, but coach Mike Yeo won't rush a player who has played in only 45 games this season due to various injuries.
"We are not going to put...