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Wild captain Mikko Koivu returns after missing eight games with shoulder injury

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Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu, left, of Finland, congratulates teammate Dany Heatley, right, after Heatley scored a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. The Wild won 4-1. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Author: The Hockey News

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Wild captain Mikko Koivu returns after missing eight games with shoulder injury

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu returned to the lineup on Thursday night after missing eight games because of an injured left shoulder.

Koivu was back on the first line, centring Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, in the game against the Vancouver Canucks. Minnesota was 3-4-1 while the centre was sidelined.

Koivu leads the Wild with 24 assists and is second on the club with 33 points, despite playing in only 41 of the team's 53 games.

Minnesota placed defenceman Clayton Stoner on the injured list with an unspecified leg injury. Wild coach Mike Yeo said his status was week to week.

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