Wild captain Koivu out for season with knee injury

Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle (3) celebrates his goal with Mikko Koivu (9) and Nino Niederreiter (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks earlier this season. Photo: AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King
Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle (3) celebrates his goal with Mikko Koivu (9) and Nino Niederreiter (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks earlier this season.

February 06, 2019 04:04 PM

The Minnesota Wild announced Wednesday that captain Mikko Koivu will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right ACL and meniscus in the first period of Tuesday's shootout loss in Buffalo.

Koivu is expected to undergo surgery on Friday.

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Koivu, 35 , has recorded 29 points (8-21=29) and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with Minnesota this season.

He leads the team and is 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (488), ranks tied for 2nd on the team in power-play points (12) and fifth in assists.

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