Koivu finger injury hurts Wild playoff run

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. — There is never an ideal time to lose your captain.

But it doesn’t get much worse then when your team is in the thick of a playoff race with two months left in the season.

The Minnesota Wild will be without Mikko Koivu for the next few weeks, having broken a finger on Friday. Koivu led the Wild in scoring with 49 points in 58 games this season.

“I’m feeling a little bit better already,” said Koivu, who spoke to the media on Tuesday, for the first time since getting hurt. “I got some good news (Monday) that I didn’t need surgery. That’s always good, and I hope to be back sooner than I first thought. The break is in a good spot, which is good news. It is frustrating, but it’s something you have to deal with and move on.”

Koivu was hurt Friday during the Wild’s 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Wild captain was hit in his left hand on a point-shot from Todd Marchant.

“I knew there was something wrong right away,” said Koivu. “I was unable to hold my stick and the whole finger was numb.”

The Wild went into Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers currently ranked seventh in the Western Conference standings, but tied with four other teams with 68 points.

The team is hoping the loss of their captain doesn’t end up costing them a playoff spot.

“We’re right in the middle of the playoff race, things were going well, everybody was having fun and playing hard for each other, ” Koivu said. “So the timing of this is probably the worst it can be. That’s what makes it tough. But it is what it is, I’m just going to try and work hard with the trainers and am going to try to come back as soon as possible.”

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