When the 2013 season began for the Minnesota Wild, it was fully expected that the team’s offseason acquisitions Ryan Suter and Zach Parise would be driving forces behind leading the team to the playoffs. Both players have delivered on that hope, and are currently second and third on the team in scoring. The surprise has been the consistent offensive production of center Mikko Koivu, who currently leads the team in scoring and is putting a somewhat disappointing 2011-12 season in his rearview.
Koivu has scored seven goals and added 19 assists this season, including a pair of game-winners. Having Parise on his line has been a huge boost for Koivu, and rookie Charlie Coyle has made some big contributions while playing on the other wing. After contributing more than 60 points for the Wild for three straight seasons Koivu was limited to 55 games during the 2011-12 campaign and managed 12 goals and 44 points. Both marks were the lowest of his career since the 2007-08 season, and this season his offense has given the team two lines full of scoring threats. The wild have pushed to the top of the Northwest Division behind the goaltending of Niklas Backstrom as well as their ability to score goals.
Koivu entered tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars on a three-game point streak, and has three goals and six points in the last five games. As the Wild continue to push for the postseason, they’ll need Koivu’s resurgence to continue, and contributions from Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi would be welcomed as well.