TUESDAY'S STORY LINE: Mikko Koivu's return will have to wait at least one more game. Head Coach Mike Yeo said the decision to keep Koivu out of the lineup was made this morning. Koivu, who has missed seven games with an upper body injury, could likely return Thursday at home against Vancouver.
"He wants to play, but he needs a couple more days. I think we are fairly confident that Thursday could be the target date for us, so we will keep our fingers crossed," said Yeo.
The Wild struggled earlier in this season without Koivu, but have fared better this time around. Minnesota lost the first two games without Koivu, but since then they have gone 3-1-1 in the absence of their captain.
When Koivu went down with his latest injury, Yeo noted how he wanted his players to step up, but not try to do too much, and they have accomplished that.
"What we have seen this time, I think it has been a big difference, we have guys who are stepping up, but our game hasn'...