ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild is heading out on the road missing a couple of key cogs from the lineup.
The team announced Monday that team captain and first-line center Mikko Koivu was placed on Injured Reserve following successful surgery to repair a fractured ankle suffered in Saturday's 5-3 win over Washington. To make matters worse, the team also placed number one goalie Josh Harding on IR as well.
Koivu has 8 goals and 27 assists in 44 games this season. He leads Minnesota in points and assists and ranks third in time on ice per game amongst NHL forwards at 21:32.
Harding has missed the last two games with an illness after a stint on the IR to adjust his medication for MS. He is 18-7-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage (SV%) and three shutouts in 29 games this season. At this point the Wild says that Harding's status is illness related.
The 29-year-old ranks first in the NHL in GAA, tied for third in shutouts, fourth in SV% and eighth in wins