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Welcome back, Mikko: Wild captain returns from shoulder injury

Mar 21, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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The playoffs are out of the question for the Minnesota Wild, but they’ll get to play spoiler with their captain once again.

Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports Mikko Koivu will return to the Wild lineup Thursday night against Calgary. Koivu has missed 23 of the team’s last 27 games and 15 straight thanks to a shoulder injury he bravely/foolishly tried to ignore.

Since going out of the lineup for good on February 16, the Wild have gone 5-10-0 in that span. The Wild’s second half of the season has been nothing but misery and it’s crazy to think back to mid-December when this team was sitting in first place in the Western Conference. Now they sit in 13th place just four points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    won’t change a thing, we will still be in the lottery and I am very excited for that!

    What I don’t like about this is that there is no point on the Wild’s side for Koivu returning. I think it’s in the clubs best interest in shutting him down and making sure he is 100% for next year… the only reason why he is returning now is so the fan’s don’t get pissed off that he will be playing for Finland in the world championships this spring

    Go wild! Fun summer for us, can’t wait

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