It's too late for a playoff push, but Mikko Koivu's expected return to the lineup adds some intrigue to Thursday's game against a Calgary team that needs a win in a bad way.
While not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Wild are all but certain to miss the postseason. The Wild have slipped all the way to 27th overall, owed at least in part to the injury to Mikko Koivu. Koivu has missed each of the last 15 games and 23 of 27 overall, but he is expected back for Thursday's game with Calgary.
Though the team has lost eight of its last 10, Minnesota's Erik Christensen has been a bright spot. He's scored four goals in the past four games.