Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/16/12 at 04:09 PM ET
from Kent Youngblood at Russo’s Rants,
Mikko Koivu is going on the Wild’s upcoming road trip to Philadelphia and Toronto. But it will be in an advisory role.
Koivu, who hurt his left shoulder in the first period of Saturday’s game in St. Louis, is being called week-to-week with an upper body injury. But coach Mike Yeo said not to expect the Wild captain back before the All-Star break. Seeing as the All-Star game is being played Jan. 29, I’d say we’re talking weeks-to-weeks here.
And that was certainly the impression I got from the locker room. There is no question coach Mike Yeo hit on some strong talking points while addressing the team before practice today, because most of the players were speaking as one. That message:
1. With Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse all out, with scoring getting harder all the time, the Wild has apparently entered playoff mode with the season at a tipping point. “This is a playoff stretch for us,” Matt Cullen said. “This has to be our mindset now. We have to get into that style.”
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