Koivu (illness) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's clash with the Flames, Megan Ryan of the Star Tribune reports. Koivu missed Monday's practice due to an illness, but the Wild's captain is evidently feeling well enough to gut it out Tuesday. The 34-year-old pivot, who's notched six goals and 21 points in 42 games this campaign, will skate on Minnesota's second line and first power-play unit against Calgary.
Koivu's status against the Flames on Tuesday is uncertain, as he is suffering from the flu. Koivu's possible absence would force coach Bruce Boudreau to shuffle up his lines, including potentially returning Joel Eriksson Ek to his natural center position, as well as opening up a spot in the lineup for Marcus Foligno. Prior to falling ill, the veteran Koivu has tallied five points in his previous six outings. In addition to replacing his even-strength contributions if he misses action, the club would need to replace the 34-year-old on the power play, where he is averaging 2:49 of ice time.
Koivu scored his sixth goal of the season and added two assists in Thursday's win over the Sabres. Koivu got a boost with the return of his linemate Nino Niederreiter (ankle), who netted a hat trick in the victory. The Finnish forward has racked up six goals and 21 points in 41 contests this season. Koivu had a very quiet month of November, but the veteran should benefit from Niederreiter's return and still holds fantasy value due to his top-six role and spot on the power play.
Koivu scored a goal and had three shots on goal in Tuesday's win at Ottawa. Koivu had gone 24 games without scoring a goal. He has had 2.7 shots per game over his last 25 games compared to 1.7 last season, so he may have been a bit unlucky.
Koivu had two power-play assists and seven shots on net in a 5-4 win over the Sabres on Wednesday. That's back-to-back games with two power-play helpers for Koivu. He's also shooting quite a bit more this season with 59 shots on net through 21 games.
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