Koivu delivered a power-play goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues, though it wasn't enough, and the Wild have been eliminated from the playoffs. It was too little, too late for the Finnish captain, who empties his locker with the Wild failing to make it past the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. Koivu only managed two points in the five-game series, and he was held in check completely in Games 2-4. It will be a contract year for Koivu in 2017-18, as he cashes out the balance of a seven-year, $47.25 million deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Koivu (rest) will get the night off Thursday against Colorado, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. The Wild don't really have anything to play for, as they're locked in as the No. 2 team in the Central Division. As such, Minnesota will rest Koivu in order to ensure that he's ready to go for the playoffs.
Koivu recorded four PIM with three shots and a block in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Hurricanes. Koivu has committed five penalties over the past three games, though they were all of the minor variety. Otherwise, the crafty pivot is heading for a strong finish to the regular season with four assists over the last five.
Koivu registered a pair of power-play assists in Tuesday's 5-3 home loss to the Blackhawks. Minnesota converted on both of its man-advantage opportunities, but Chicago overwhelmed in this divisional battle thanks in large part to captain Jonathan Toews collecting five points on the evening. As for Koivu, he needs just one more assist to reach at least 30 for the fourth consecutive season, with more than half of those setups (16) taking place on the man advantage. Amazingly, the veteran has four two-point efforts in his past five contests.
Koivu collected two assists -- one on the power play -- during Thursday's win over Dallas. In the midst of a throwback season, Koivu's up to 16 goals and 42 points through 56 games. He's clicked with Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund, and the trio has is the second-highest scoring line in the league with 32 goals. While Koivu is a solid supporting piece in the majority of seasonal leagues, it wouldn't be surprising to see him slow down offensively.
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