Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By Brian Hall  |  Last updated 1/6/14
Trying to keep momentum going after two straight wins at home, the Minnesota Wild will have to play a two-game road trip without their top center and goaltender. Minnesota placed center Mikko Koivu and goaltender Josh Harding on injured reserve Monday. The two will miss be forced to miss at least a week. The Wild recalled forward Erik Haula and defenseman Jonathon Blum from Iowa. Koivu, the Wild's leading scorer with 35 points, was injured in Saturday night's win against the Washington Capitals after he took a puck off the inside of his right foot in the second period. Koivu returned and played into the third period, but left early. The team's first-line center, Koivu has eight goals and 27 assists in 44 games and ranks third in the NHL among forwards with 21 minutes, 32 seconds of ice time per game. Harding was on injured reserve in December as he adjusted to a change in medication for multiple sclerosis. He returned and played two games, but has missed the past two games with an illness. Harding leads the NFL with a 1.65 goals-against average, is fourth with a .933 save percentage and is 18-7-3 this season with three shutouts. Haula, 22, has two assists in 10 games with Minnesota this season. The 2009 seventh-round draft choice made his NHL debut in November. Haula leads Iowa with nine goals and is tied for the team lead with 17 points this season. Blum, 24, was recalled for one game last week, but was sent back to Iowa after being a healthy scratch.  He has four goals and 13 assists in 31 games for Iowa this season. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
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