Not even the return of captain and leading scorer Mikko Koivu could help the Minnesota Wild end their losing streak.
If the Nashville Predators are going to break out of their brief funk, they'll have to do it without their own leader.
The Wild will look to snap a seven-game skid Wednesday night while the Predators try again to adapt to life without star defenseman Shea Weber.
Nashville announced Tuesday that Weber, the team leader with 21 assists and 29 points, is the latest victim of the NHL's growing concussion problem. He was injured in a 6-3 loss at Dallas on Friday.
The Predators (18-14-4) found out the impact of the Norris Trophy finalist's absence Monday, when their five-game home winning streak ended with a 4-1 loss to Detroit - their third defeat in four games overall.
"I think there was some apprehension (without Weber)," coach Barry Trotz said. "We had a very good Detroit team coming in here and you don't know who is going to respond to matchups.
"I thought we resp...