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MONDAY'S STORY LINE: The Wild went into the All-Star break on a positive note winning two games in a row against Colorado and Dallas. Today as the team returned to practice, there were two more positive signs for Minnesota as injured forwards Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) and Mikko Koivu (upper body) both skated.
Koivu, who has missed the last four games, skated alone before Minnesota's 2 p.m. practice. Mike Yeo hinted that Koivu could possibly join his teammates in tomorrow's morning skate.
Latendresse, who has missed the last 17 games, skated with his teammates, but without any contact. The 24 year old suffered a concussion on December 14th vs. Chicago. The injury came one game after his return to the lineup following a previous concussion that had kept him out 15 games.
Latendresse has only played in 16 games this season and said it was nice for him to be back with his teammates.
"It was good to be on the ice. I didn't take any contact yet but just to be out there with the boys and shoot a few pucks on our goalie it was fun," added Latendresse.
For Latendresse, it has been a frustrating few years. He has played in only 27 games over the last two seasons due to injuries. Latendresse said he can't harp on the bad luck of the past two seasons when he finally comes back.
"I have to get my head before that and I have to get stronger and be ready because when I will be here (back in the lineup) it is the last stretch. The team needs me to be at my best," noted Latendresse. "I don't have time to worry about myself, to worry about the bad luck I have had the past two years. I just have to work hard and get ready."
When Latendresse or Koivu will be ready is yet to be known. There is no timetable for either's return, but Yeo noted Koivu is closer than Latendresse. There is a possibility that both travel with the team and practice on the upcoming road trip to Colorado, Dallas and Columbus.
HE SAID IT: "For all of us, players everybody it is making sure you get enough rest and get away from the rink and clear your mind. I didn't spend a lot of time working and thinking too much about the guys and I am fairly certain they didn't spend any time thinking about me. But, we were all happy to see each other again today." Yeo on the All-Star Break
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TUESDAY'S STORY LINE: As expected, Wild captain Mikko Koivu joined his teammates at practice for the first time since suffering an upper body injury on January 14th.
Koivu, who has 33 points in 41 games this season, was happy to be back with his team.
"It feels good, to be practicing with the rest of the team, mentally it is a lot more fun," said Koivu.
The Minnesota Wild have recalled forwards Matt Kassian, Jed Ortmeyer and Chad Rau from the Houston Aeros.
Kassian has 25 penalty minutes in six games for the Wild this season. He has four points (2-2=4), a 2 rating and 34 PIM in 26 games for the Aeros. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta has collected 37 PIM in 10 career games with Minnesota.
Ortmeyer has one assist...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild returned Monday from the All-Star break refreshed and focused on climbing in the Western Conference standings.
It's amazing what two wins and some rest can do for a team.
After a precipitous fall from the top of the NHL to out of a playoff spot in less than a month, Minnesota recovered by winning two games and entered last week's break...
Guillaume Latendresse has returned to practice after missing 32 of the past 34 games with a concussion.
Back on the ice after the All-Star break, the Minnesota Wild prepares for the second half of the season (considered their playoff push) with the return of forward Guillaume Latendresse.
Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who will be scratched for a third consecutive game tonight, sounded off to the Star Tribune
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants, Zidlicky is unhappy, something I learned this morning when the veteran defenseman came looking for me to offer his opinion on the fact that tonight against his former team, the Nashville Predators, he’ll be scratched for a third consecutive game.
Zidlicky was critical of coach Mike Yeo, the way he has been treated and the fact that he loves...
We’ve seen this act before.Down 4-1 midway through the third period in Minnesota, the Nashville Predators were dead in the water. The momentum they gained before the All-Star break was toast. Pekka Rinne’s nine-game winning streak was history.With their backs against the wall in the third period, however, a switch was flipped – the same switch the Preds have flipped time...
Welcome to the trade market, Marek Zidlicky.Mired in a season-long slump, the veteran defender has battled injuries and diminishing playing time during his eighth year. Desperate for a change, Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo decided to bench his top offensive defender in favor of younger, hungrier players. Tonight will mark the third consecutive game that he has sat in the press...
The Nasvhille Predators picked up right where they left off before the All-Star break, defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on a late comeback, scoring four goals in the third period.
Minnesota jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period with two goals by Dany Heatley, the first with an assist by Nick Johnson and the second, on a power play, assisted by Cullen.
Less that two...
7:00 PM CT – Predators (30-16-4) @ Wild (24-18-7)Players to watch:NSH- Craig SmithIs Smith starting to break out of his funk? The rookie All-Star has points in three consecutive games. Also, his 18 road points lead the team.MIN- Dany HeatleyHeatley is on pace for 25 goals and 56 points, which would be his worst season since the lockout. However, he has 10 goals and 19 points...
After leading the NHL in points, the Minnesota Wild enters the second half of the season with a few players injured, and a determination to get back to the top.
Mike Fisher scored two of Nashville's three goals in the last 31/2 minutes and the Predators stunned the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory. Dany Heatley's first two-goal game for Minnesota was wasted when the Wild squandered a 4-1 lead they held until the halfway mark of the third period.