Will Koivu Play Tomorrow?

The Minnesota Wild is en route to Columbus right now, and Mikko Koivu is on the plane. But will he play tomorrow against the Blue Jackets?

“I don’t know,” said Koivu. “I can’t really answer that one. So we’ll see.”

“We don’t know yet,” said Mike Yeo.

The team will see how Koivu feels after he took more contact in today’s practice and then will make a decision. It seems that he’s very close, considering how hard he was skating and shooting in a lengthy practice today.

If he does indeed get in, Koivu may find himself with new linemates. At today’s practice, the scorching line of Kyle Brodziak, Nick Johnson and Dany Heatley was in tact. Matt Cullen was centering a line with Cal Clutterbuck and Carson McMillan. Erik Christensen was between Devin Setoguchi and Darroll Powe. And Warren Peters skated with Matt Kassian, Jed Ortmeyer and Brad Staubitz. Koivu kind of shuttled around on lines so it’s tough to say who he’ll play with whenever he makes his return.

Finally, Nate Prosser took some good-natured ribbing from teammates today in the locker room, but only after they gave him a stick tap salute on the ice. Jared Spurgeon noted that Prosser was keeping the media folks waiting for him like a true big-timer, and other players asked if he’d be taking the team flight to Columbus, or flying in his own private jet.

It’s an exciting time for Prosser, who now knows where he’ll be next year, and he’ll have his wife and first child (due in August) here with him.


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