WEDNESDAY'S STORYLINE: After a 15-game absence due to an upper body injury, the Wild will get captain Mikko Koivu back tomorrow against Calgary. Koivu has missed 23 of the past 27 games, but his frustration has turned to excitement in anticipation of tomorrow night's game.
"I am very excited, it has been a long couple weeks here. Feeling good to be out there in practice, but obviously a game situation is what you are looking for and I am very excited, added Koivu.
Mike Yeo knows the presence of Koivu will provide an immediate boost to the lineup.
"It should provide a big lift for all of us, we are excited to have him back in there. What a leader he is for us, as far as emotionally what he puts into the game and his will to win every night, and skill wise, what he can add to our group, said Yeo.
The loss of Koivu made a huge impact on Minnesota's lineup this season. Koivu has played 45 games this season and tallied 37 points; the Wild are 22-16-7 in those games. In the 27 games ...