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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild has announced that it has placed veteran center Mikko Koivu on injured reserve and has recalled forward Jeff Taffe from the Houston Aeros. Koivu, who had 28 points and 8 goals for Minnesota so far this season, had been listed as day-to-day with a leg injury since Dec. 17. The 28-year-old native of Finland has been a key point-producer for the Wild in recent years, recording 62 points last season and 71 points in 2009-10. Taffe (pronounced TAYFE), 30, ranks second on the Aeros in scoring, with 21 points in 27 games, and leads the team with 74 shots. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Hastings, Minn., native recorded two assists in two earlier games with the Wild this season. Taffe, a University of Minnesota alum, was originaly drafted by St. Louis, late in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The native Minnesotan will once again wear sweater No. 19 for the Wild.
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CALGARY -- The Minnesota Wild have spent most of December as the NHL's top team and still are sitting at the top of the Northwest Division without anyone on their roster lighting it up offensively.
Take a look at the top 30 scorers in the NHL, and not one Wild player is on that list. Take a look at the top 30 scoring defenseman, and not one Wild player is on that list.
THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: The schedule has been hectic and grueling for the Minnesota Wild. Since Nov. 30, Minnesota has playedeight ofits 11 games on the road. The grueling schedule has seen theWildbattle numerous injuries and taken them on two separate trips out west.
Yesterday in Edmonton, Mike Yeo realized what his team needed most --rest.The busy schedule has limited Minnesota...
It has been a wonderful start to the season for the Minnesota Wild as new head coach Mike Yeo has had the team in the upper end of the NHL standings almost the entire way. A serious rash of injuries has the team limping into the holiday break this weekend, but the new year should bring with it better health and a possible playoff berth for the first time in four years.As the team...
Mikko Koivu won't play tonight at Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta - The Wild got a day off Wednesday in Edmonton.
Then they took most of the night off Thursday in Edmonton.
"The whole game," coach Mike Yeo said.
Yeo said beforehand it was an easy decision to give his players Wednesday off, even though there has been a dearth of decent practice time because of the team's travel to eight road games between Dec....
Spurgeon is the only Wild defenseman to have played in all 36 games and leads the team in time on ice (753 minutes, 16 seconds) and average ice time per game (21:31 a game).
Every holiday year you get your standard barrage of Christmas themed commercials that try to inspire you to 'buy' something for friends, family, etc. Anyone out there like myself who cringes at the first time they hear the radio start blasting away the Christmas music tunes of "Jingle Bells" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" with ad after ad...
While Lennart Petrell's hit On Marek Zidlicky might not have appeared to be malicious, it's unnecessary, it's a dangerous hit and it's also a hit that has to be removed from the NHL.
It's hits like this that can cause serious injury, to include unneeded and unnecessary concussions.If a player is going to check an opposition player and he sees number, that...
ANDY LEFKOWITZ STATS Writer After emerging as perhaps the NHL's biggest surprise team, the Minnesota Wild will try again to end their first major slump of the season in the finale of what's been a punchless swing through western Canada.
Looking to avoid their sixth straight loss, the Wild meet the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Minnesota fell 2-1 to Calgary on Tuesday...
Trying to end a four-game skid, the Wild may miss Mikko Koivu for a third straight game
It's a testament to the Minnesota Wild's ridiculously torrid November that their December tailspin hasn't sent them spiraling down the standings. They're still leading the Northwest Division, although the Vancouver Canucks can usurp them Friday night with a victory. Their 45 points is still a comfortable margin away from the playoff bubble.
That's the good news...