Koivu, Wellman Injured Against Blackhawks

By Matt Farland


       The Minnesota Wild has been no stranger to the injury bug this season, and it appears that it doesn’t plan to quit biting the team anytime soon.  Already without key forwards Guillaume Latendresse, Devin Setoguchi, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, it looks as if the team has been dealt another blow as captain Mikko Koivu and up-and-coming winger Casey Wellman both sustained injuries in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss against the Chicago Blackhawks.

       Wellman has a wrist injury, but as of right now he is expected to play Saturday night against the New York Islanders.  Koivu, who sustained a leg injury, was held out of practice on Friday and is not expected to play.  However, he is being listed as day to day, so his injury is not believed to be serious.

       Due to this depletion in offensive firepower, Jarod Palmer has been called up, and is expected to make his NHL debut Saturday night.  Palmer has 10 points in 26 games this year with the AHL’s Houston Aeros.

       Earlier this season, it was the Wild’s defensive corps that struggled with injuries, including those to Marek Zidlicky and Greg Zanon, at one time causing it to play four rookies at the same time.  They are reportedly close to healthy now, and it appears that Justin Falk is the latest one to become ready to play.  More updates may be available on Saturday.

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