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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 game. Kuemper stopped 29 shots and earned his first NHL win.
If everyone is healthy Thursday, Yeo and his staff will have to make difficult decisions on whom to sit, but Yeo said that's a good problem to have.
"It is hard," Yeo said. We were just talking about that in there. You don't like to have to do those things, but the same time it is one of those good things as far as your team and organization that you have guys that are capable of going in and doing the job and you have to make those tough decisions. Internal pressure is a good thing, too. The idea that you have to be on top of your game and you have to be ready to go out and perform, that is something that we all need every day."
HE SAID IT: "I am sure I will be facing him a lot of time. I am sure especially the first couple times it will be a little bit weird, but we are professional. That is the way it is. As the game goes on, it is going to get a little bit easier, too," -- Koivu on facing former teammate and friend Nick Schultz for the first time
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TUESDAY'S STORY LINE: The flu bug that has been running through the Wild locker room hit captain Mikko Koivu on Tuesday.
The top line center missed practice, but Mike Yeo expects Koivu to travel with the team to Edmonton on Wednesday. The bug caused Justin Falk, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and goalie Niklas Backstrom to miss Sunday's game against the Red Wings.
Koivu battled Sunday...
This is a pretty vicous hit and then some, via We All Bleed Red on YouTube (with both feeds):
Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck had to be helped off the ice late in the third period of Thursday's 3-1 victory at Edmonton with what appeared to be an injured left leg. Edmonton's Taylor Hall received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct...
Cool pic from last night. How good are the Ducks right now?
The Ducks are 12-2-1. Old Double B making moves.
Who are the Pens looking at?
A note from Elliotte Friedman's 30 points:
25. So who was Shero watching last week in Minnesota? He attended Avalanche/Wild game the night before Pittsburgh won in Winnipeg. You know who has Penguin written all...
NEW YORK (February 19, 2013) – Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi has been fined $8,108.11, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quince yin NHL Game No. 216 in Minnesota on Sunday, February 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred...
THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: On Aug. 25, 1982, Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz was born in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. Four and a half months later, on January 10, 1983, Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert was born in Bloomington, Minn.
Like many young boys growing up and Canada and Minnesota, the two dreamed of playing in the NHL.In 2000, Schultz's NHL dream was close to becoming a reality...
You're probably familiar with the old Master Card commercials. Where the commercial lists various items along with their prices and then at the end it will list something simple and likely non-material and it will simply say "Priceless." The commercial resonated with people for making that connection between the things people buy and what really cannot be bought...
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) --Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Devin Setoguchi also scored for Minnesota (8-6-2), which has won two straight. Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in the victory.
Ryan Smyth had the lone goal for the Oilers (6-7-3), who have lost three of the first four in a five-game homestand...
Minnesota Wild (7-6-2) 16pts (2nd in the Northwest)
2.07 Goals For per Game (30th)
2.47 Goals Against per game (10th)
15.1% Power Play (22nd)
84.0% Penalty Kill (9th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 7G 5A = 12pts
2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 3G 9A = 12pts
3. #15 Dany Heatley ~ 5G 4A = 9pts
4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 8A = 8pts
5. #77 Tom Gilbert...