The Minnesota Wild have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the last few months, but they had to take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight without Mikko Koivu. The captain took warmups, but was a late scratch. It wasn’t immediately clear why Koivu left the ice, but it was eventually revealed that the veteran forward was having an issue with his eye.
Mikko Koivu is day to day with an eye injury….#mnwild
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) April 4, 2015
At this juncture we’re not quite sure when and where the injury occurred. Again, he took warmups but hopped off the ice before the game began. There’s no timeline on his return yet, but we might know more about the nature of Koivu’s injury after the contest.
He’s approaching the 50-point plateau for the sixth time in his career, so the 32-year-old isn’t particularly easy to replace. He’d been centering the Wild’s second line, but Erik Haula was bumped up to that spot with Koivu out. Mikael Granlund is now centering Minnesota’s top power play unit, and Charlie Coyle has taken Granlund’s spot with the second group.
Without Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund is on the #MNWild's top power play unit and Charlie Coyle is on the second unit.
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) April 4, 2015
Koivu is a strong player for Minnesota, but it’s a testament to the team’s depth that they are still able to roll out a decent top-nine. Head coach Mike Yeo and Wild fans would obviously prefer Koivu to be in the lineup, but the team is getting along fine in the offensive zone without him to this point.
Stay tuned for more updates, which we’ll add to this post as they become available.