The Wild could ill-afford to lose cornerstone center Mikko Koivu for the next four to six weeks with a shoulder injury.
“It's frustrating, especially this time of year,” Koivu told the Minneapolis Star Tribune "You're playing a lot of games, you're right in the middle of it. But there is nothing you can do about it. You have to move on an try to get better as (quickly) as you can.”
Minnesota has won just two of its last 15 games after a spectacular start. The Wild has dropped to the edge of the playoff race.
Wingers Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard were already injured. This team is trending the wrong way rather dramatically.
“It's a big loss,” goaltender Josh Harding said told the Star Tribune after Koivu went down against the Blues. “Just like all year, we've had people go down, but people step up. We didn't have him through a lot of this game, and I thought that a lot of people picked up their game. We're not going to be able to fill his shoes, but collectively we can battle hard for each other.”
Yeah, well, wish them well. General manager Chuck Fletcher will have to acquire some offensive help ASAP of this once-promising season will get away in a hurry.
“We have to be in that mode right now, where it's life and death every game. If we do that, then we'll give ourselves a good chance,” coach Mike Yeo told the Star Tribune.