ST. PAUL -- With its season potentially on the line tonight against San Jose, Minnesota will have to make a go of it without captain Mikko Koivu, still out with an undisclosed injury.
Koivu, who was not on Minnesota's brief two-game road trip to Florida and Dallas this week, has missed the last four games.
The Wild will also be without defenseman Mike Lundin, who has also missed the last four games with a lower body injury. Both guys skated on their own before the team session this morning, but there is no timetable on either of their returns.
"I know he's getting better, getting closer," said Wild coach Mike Yeo on Koivu.
Niklas Backstrom will start in goal for Minnesota. Defenseman Nate Prosser and forward Matt Kassian are expected to be healthy scratches.
San Jose will be without Douglas Murray (fractured Adam's apple) and Martin Havlat (hamstring), but should otherwise be healthy. The Sharks are playing the final game of a nine-game road trip which has seen San Jose go 2-5-1 and drop out of the top spot in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks, who lost 6-2 in Nashville last night, arrived early this morning and did not skate. With the early face-off tonight and the end of a long road trip in sight, it will be interesting to see how much energy the Sharks have left in the tank.
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