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Mikko Koivu a Late Scratch Against Red Wings

Mikko Koivu a Late Scratch Against Red Wings
Franklin Steele

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.

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.

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.

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Franklin Steele
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Franklin Steele has been watching and playing hockey since the age of six. He’s written for a variety of NHL websites around the web, and now is the director of content and growth for TodaysSlapshot.com. A lot of folks say they are living the dream sarcastically. He is not among them. Feel free to email him or Tweet at him with any questions, comments or concerns.

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