Wild's Koivu has ankle surgery, out 4 weeks

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.

To shore up the roster the team has recalled defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Erik Haula from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

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


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