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Welcome back, Mikko: Wild captain returns from shoulder injury

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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild advances the puck ahead of Jimmy Hayes #39 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on January 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The playoffs are out of the question for the Minnesota Wild, but they’ll get to play spoiler with their captain once again.

Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports Mikko Koivu will return to the Wild lineup Thursday night against Calgary. Koivu has missed 23 of the team’s last 27 games and 15 straight thanks to a shoulder injury he bravely/foolishly tried to ignore.

Since going out of the lineup for good on February 16, the Wild have gone 5-10-0 in that span. The Wild’s second half of the season has been nothing but misery and it’s crazy to think back to mid-December when this team was sitting in first place in the Western Conference. Now they sit in 13th place just four points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers.