WEDNESDAY'S STORY LINE: Captain Mikko Koivu returned to practice Wednesday afternoon in Edmonton. Koivu, who missed practice Tuesday with the flu, said he feels better but he will see how things go.
"It is a little better now, and I feel a little better now, and I think when you skate and sweat it out it helps," Koivu said.
It appears Koivu will play Thursday against division rival Edmonton. However, coach Mike Yeo was mum on his lineup. The flu bug that has swept through the Wild locker room has afforded some Wild rookies golden opportunities and they've taken advantage of them.
Rookie forwards Jason Zucker and Johan Larsson, who were recalled Saturday from Houston, both put in solid performances Sunday against Detroit. Zucker netted his first career goal and Larsson got 14:02 in ice time and took two shots in his NHL debut. Rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper had an excellent performance as a last-minute fill-in for Niklas Backstrom, who came down with the flu moments before the ga...