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Koivu placed on injured reserve by Wild

Minnesota captain has 12 points in 28 games; Sturm recalled from AHL

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Mikko Koivu was placed on injured reserve by the Minnesota Wild on Friday because of a lower-body injury.

The 36-year-old forward has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 28 games this season, and he played his 1,000th NHL game against the Dallas Stars on Sunday. Koivu, Minnesota's captain, left the Wild's 4-2 win at the Florida Panthers on Tuesday after playing one shift in the third period because of an undisclosed injury and sat out a 5-4 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday because of a lower-body injury.

The Wild have won five straight games and have an 11-game point streak (8-0-3). They finish a three-game road trip at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV).

Forward Nico Sturm was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 23 AHL games. He had seven shots on goal in two games with the Wild last season.

Minnesota also recalled defenseman Greg Pateryn from a conditioning assignment with Iowa and placed him on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Pateryn had surgery for a bilateral core muscle repair Oct. 1 and hasn't played in the NHL this season.

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