ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild return home for the first time in nearly two weeks with Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Captain Mikko Koivu's return is another story.
Koivu has missed 13 games after having ankle surgery as the result of blocking a shot on Jan. 4 against the Washington Capitals. Koivu and the team were hopeful he would return before the break, but he hasn't returned to practice with the team, making a return this week unlikely.
"I would say highly in doubt would probably be the best way to put it," coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "He did skate on his own again today, felt better. He's doing everything he can. He's in great shape. He's doing everything he can; it's just he's got to be ready."
Minnesota has two home games remaining before the Olympic break with Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Thursday against Nashville. A return during the two-game homestand for Koivu, who's been skating independently a...