FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: Mikko Koivu (upper body) has missed 13 games, Niklas Backstrom (lower body) has missed six and one thing is for sure, both are anxious to get back into the lineup.
"It has been awhile and it was only four games in between there. It has been very frustrating being away from the guys and being away from the game. It is just a bad feeling, a frustrating feeling," Koivu said today.
Koivu was cleared for contact yesterday and has had two good practices where he has participated in battle drills with his teammates. Koivu skated on his usual line with Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi today and it appears he is close to a return. Still, Koivu knows he needs to exercise patience.
"You have to be patient and go step-by-step and make sure we do the right thing here," added Koivu.
Backstrom was injured on March 1st and is itching to get back in the lineup, but knows you have to make wise decisions when dealing with injuries.
"You have to b...