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Koivu out for Wild against Blues

Saturday, 02.18.2012 / 12:11 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Koivu out for Wild against Blues
ST. LOUIS -- The Minnesota Wild will be without captain Mikko Koivu for today's matchup with the St. Louis Blues.

Koivu is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Also, defenseman Mike Lundin (lower-body) is out of the lineup. Defenseman Justin Falk will replace Lundin and Jeff Taffe, a former Blues draft choice, will be in for Minnesota.

Here are the projected lineups for today's matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild from Scottrade Center.

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Andy McDonald - Patrik Berglund - Jamie Langenbrunner
Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Arnott - Chris Stewart
Chris Porter - Scott Nichol - B.J. Crombeen

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Kent Huskins - Alex Pietrangelo
Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott
Ben Bishop

Elliott will start in goal after Jaroslav Halak came down with the flu Friday. Halak was supposed to start but could play Sunday in Chicago if he's feeling better. Ben Bishop has been recalled from the Peoria Rivermen as the backup. Depending on matchups, if Huskins doesn't dress, Carlo Colaiacovo, who injured his right wrist and missed one game, would be reinserted back into the lineup. Also, if Porter doesn't dress, Ryan Reaves is expected to fill his slot.

WILD

Dany Heatley - Jeff Taffe - Devin Setoguchi
Matt Cullen - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Johnson
Cal Clutterbuck - Erik Christensen - Jed Ortmeyer
Darroll Powe - Warren Peters - Matt Kassian

Nick Schultz - Nate Prosser
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Justin Falk - Greg Zanon

Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

The Wild are missing RW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), C Jarod Palmer (concussion), LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), D Clayton Stoner (lower-body) and RW Carson McMillan (lower-body) because of injuries. The team recalled F Jed Ortmeyer from the Houston Aeros Friday and reassigned F Cody Almond.
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