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Fantasy Spotlight: MIN vs. PHX

by Carly Peters / Minnesota Wild

Fantasy Pick: Mikko Koivu

Wild Captain Mikko Koivu plays with such passion and intensity that he'd be a good bet for your fantasy team any night the Wild plays. But Mikko earns the fantasy spotlight for tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes for a few special reasons.

Perhaps the biggest driving force behind Koivu's play is his ability to lead his team to wins, especially if it's been struggling. The Wild's 4-2-1 record in it's last seven isn't exactly "struggling," but after the Wild ended 2010 with a disappointing loss to the Nashville Predators, Mikko is just the type of player who will go all out to ensure his team gets back on a hot streak with a win.

Koivu leads the Wild with three points (1-2=3), a +2 rating and eight shots in two games against the Coyotes this season. He also has two goals in his last three games overall and ranks second on the Wild with 30 points (9-21=30) this season.

Tonight's game will mark Koivu's 400th career game in the NHL. If he decides to have a three-assist night, he'll also reach the 200 career assists marker. Mikko ranks second on the Wild's all-time assist charts.

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