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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.
Koivu said everything felt good out there, but there is no timetable for his return. Koivu looked good skating and shooting, but didn't take any contact. His ability to take contact will be a key to his return.
Mike Yeo said there no timeframe for when Koivu will be cleared for contact, but seeing Koivu skating with his team is good sign.
"The fact that he is on the ice with us right now means that he is much closer," added Yeo.
Yeo said he expects both Koivu and Guillaume Latendresse to travel with the team on the upcoming road trip.
HE SAID IT: "I find, not too many times, do you look at a team that is being successful and they are bouncing back-and-forth from one goalie to another. I think we were able to do that earlier in the year, but certainly down the stretch it is a lot easier for guys to prepare to get into a groove, to get feeling good about their game the more that they are playing. Having said that, we are not just going to give it to anybody, someone is going to have to step up and grab it. We will use these games, and that would be the perfect situation and that is what we would like to have happen, but we will play it by ear." Yeo on either Harding or Backstrom stepping up and taking control down the stretch
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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...
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...
ST. PAUL, Minn. On pace for a career low in goals, Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley was mired in one of the toughest scoring slumps of his career two weeks ago.
Heatley had 13 goals, scoring on just 9.6 percent of his team-high 135 shots. Throughout his nine-year career, Heatley had never finished a season under 12 percent shooting. The two-time, 50-goal scorer knew the only...
Hey, NHL general managers, beat the rush and make your bid for Marek Zidlicky today.The highly skilled Minnesota Wild defenseman was a healthy scratch Tuesday night for Minnesota’s come-from-ahead loss to the Nashville Predators.This was the third game in a row that Wild coach Mike Yeo banished Zidlicky to the press box. So Zidlicky lashed back at his coach, both in person and...
In the process of losing 15 times in 17 games from mid-December to late January, the Wild had developed a habit of treating most nights as a crucible for how they were developing. They began with the premise that they were good enough to beat most teams in the NHL when at their best - which seemed sound, considering they had the best record in the league on Dec. 12 - and figured...
Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who will be scratched for a third consecutive game tonight, sounded off to the Star Tribune
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...
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.
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.
Coach Mike Yeo responded to Marek Zidlicky