ST. PAUL, Minn. Left to talk about missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu summarized the disappointment the only way he could.
"Obviously we have to face it, we're not where we want to be and that has to change," Koivu said. "Personally I think everybody knows that it's been too long that we've finished the season like this."
Dany Heatley scored his team-best 24th goal, but Minnesota lost 4-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes, which wrapped up the Pacific Division title and will be seeded third in the Western Conference playoffs. The Wild (35-36-11) finished with their first losing season since 2001-02 when they 26-35-12-9 in the second season of the franchise's existence.
Minnesota also had the seventh-lowest point total in the NHL and will select no later than eighth in the upcoming draft. All non-playoff teams enter a lottery, with one selected winner moving up four spots. If the Wild wins the lottery it will draft third. If a team that f...