Since Dec. 13, 2011, the Minnesota Wild have two victories, nine losses and four overtime losses.
They were leading the Western Conference with 44 points on Dec. 14. Now, they're eighth in the West with 51 points; a Colorado Avalanche victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, and the Wild are on the outside of the playoff bubble.
That's bad. This is worse: The Star Tribune reported on Sunday that captain Mikko Koivu, the team's captain and catalyst, will be sidelined for at least a month with a left shoulder injury suffered on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.
From Michael Russo:
The injury will cause Koivu to miss this month's All-Star Game, but he is expected to travel with the Wild during its upcoming father-son trip to Philadelphia and Toronto because his father, Jukka, is scheduled to meet the team in Philadelphia.
With the Wild down to no extra forwards and already without injured second-line wingers Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, it will have to make a...