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Mikko Koivu Set To Return To Ice For Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu is set to return for Thursday night's game against the Calgary Flames after being sidelined since Feb. 16 because of a shoulder injury, according to Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

"I'm very excited," said Koivu, whose team will complete a five-game homestand on Thursday. "It's been a long couple weeks here and it's feeling good to be out there practicing. But, obviously, a game situation is what you're looking for."

Koivu has missed a combined 27 games due to his shoulder injury as well as the NHL All-Star game which he was picked for. He's scored 10 goals to go along with 27 assists in 45 games this season.

The Wild are 32-30-10 with 70 points with just 10 games remaining and have fallen out of the playoff picture.

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