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    Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu Sets up game-winner in opener

    Koivu got the secondary assist on Zach Parise's game-winning goal Thursday.The 32-year-old Finn was bounced down to the second line for the start of this season and should benefit a great deal. Playing with Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter, Koivu should help set up plenty of goals. He's worth monitoring in deep leagues and could be a nice pickup if the Wild's offense stays hot.

  • Sets up two scores Thursday

    News: Mikko Koivu doled out two secondary assists in Thursday's 6-1 win over the Sabres.
    Analysis: Mikko Koivu is the longest-tenured member of the Wild, having spent a decade with the team so far. The 32-year-old sees the ice well and that typically results in an abundance of assists year after year. He has produced exactly 500 points in his illustrious career, with more than 72-percent of that total being assists. Expect more of the same for Koivu in 2015-16.
  • Wild's Koivu Picks Up Power-Play Tally

    News: Mikko Koivu scored on the man advantage in Friday's Game 5 triumph over the Blues.
    Analysis: Mikko Koivu earned credit for his first career postseason power-play goal when his shot attempt in the second period ricocheted off the foot of the Blues' Jay Bouwmeester's skate and into the net, vaulting the Wild to a 3-1 lead in the game and ultimately, a 3-2 edge in the series. The tally also ended an eight-game goal drought for the Finnish center.
  • Wild To Rest Koivu On Saturday

    News: Mikko Koivu (rest) will not play Saturday against the Blues, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
    Analysis: Both the Blues and Wild are resting a number of key players with their playoff spots secure, while also exhibiting a bit of gamesmanship due to the high probability of the two teams facing each other in the first round. Mikko Koivu will finish the regular season with 14 goals and 48 points over 80 games.
  • Wild's Koivu Says He's Good To Go

    News: Mikko Koivu, who has a scratched cornea, said he will play Monday against the Jets Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Though Mikko Koivu felt it was too dangerous to play on Saturday against Detroit, he's clearly feeling better and thus slated to check back into the Minnesota lineup Monday, with 47 points in 77 games to his credit.
  • Wild's Koivu Has Scratched Cornea

    News: Mikko Koivu has a scratched cornea, but coach Mike Yeo said he "should be absolutely fine by" Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Mikko Koivu missed Saturday's game against the Red Wings. According to the report, the injury did not happen on the ice. The Wild play the Jets on Monday.
  • Wild's Koivu Out With Eye Injury

    News: The Wild have announced Mikko Koivu will miss Saturday's game against the Red Wings due to an eye injury.
    Analysis: The team is initially deeming this a minor issue, so Mikko Koivu remains a decent chance for Monday's game against the Jets. Ryan Carter will take Koivu's place in the lineup for Saturday's contest.
  • Wild's Koivu Late Scratch Saturday

    News: Mikko Koivu is a last second scratch for Saturday's game against Detroit, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Mikko Koivu participated in warmups, so it's not clear why he's not playing.
  • Wild's Koivu Strikes Twice In Win

    News: Mikko Koivu scored a pair of goals and assisted on another in Saturday's win over the Kings.
    Analysis: That's four goals and six points in five games for Mikko Koivu, who has potted the game-winner in back-to-back outings. The 32-year-old now has 14 goals on the season -- his highest total since the 2010-11 season (17). He's producing consistently on the second line for a surging Minnesota team, so keep him rolling.
  • Wild's Koivu Pots Game-Winner Friday

    News: Mikko Koivu potted the game-winning goal Friday against Calgary.
    Analysis: It was the second goal in four games for Mikko Koivu, who now has 44 points in 75 games on the season. The second-line center has appeared on the scoresheet in six of his last nine games and has racked up 15 of his 44 points (34 percent) on the power play. He may not reach 50 points as he did last season, but the 32-year-old remains a solid assist man who can be depended on in most formats.