The Minnesota Wild needed a shot in the arm at some point this season if the team was going to be a serious Stanley Cup contender. Mikko Koivu provided that during a 5-3 win on Thursday with two goals, and is in the midst of a nice scoring streak. Koivu has five points over the last five games for the Wild, who are now in the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings.
Minnesota may have finally got themselves on track, and it is because of Koivu.
The team’s captain may only have six goals on the year, but his 22 points puts him on pace to score right around a point a game. The Wild are going to face the Colorado Avalanche for the second straight game on Saturday afternoon, and Koivu already has six points in three games against Colorado this season. I don’t think anyone would look at the box score after that game and be surprised if he has another two or three points.
Minnesota really needed someone to do some goal scoring for a team that is in the bottom-five in the NHL this season. Koivu just might be the one that picks up the secondary scoring that Zach Parise isn’t getting done. The Wild will be successful for the rest of this season if Koivu and Parise combine for another 15 goals between them in the last 22 games.
I don’t think that is such a hard request to make for a team that only has one player in double-figures for goals this season. It is time for Koivu to be the leader of this team at age 30, and propel the Wild deep into the playoffs.