Wild will lack Koivu; Ohlund hit reviewed

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 18, 2007 - 8:24 AM

Vancouver's Mattias Ohlund earned the Wild's ire for his two-handed slash on Mikko Koivu.

Minnesota Vancouver Hockey
hide

Mikko Koivu was slashed later in this game Friday night and suffered a cracked bone in his leg.

Photo: Richard Lam, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Mattias Ohlund's two-handed slash on Mikko Koivu on Friday has knocked the Wild center out for at least one week, possibly more. How much playing time it will cost Ohlund should be known today.

The diagnosis on Koivu is a cracked fibula. Because the bone is not displaced, he will not need to wear a cast, according to Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough. Koivu's recovery time will depend on how quickly the crack fills in.

But know this: One day after an ugly 6-2 loss in Vancouver, few with the Wild appear to have gotten over Ohlund's actions.

"I just don't understand," Risebrough said Saturday afternoon. "I'm confused why players -- even if there is an infraction -- I don't know why someone swings their stick like a baseball bat from the shoulders down and hits someone on the back of the leg."

The infraction Risebrough was talking about was the elbowing minor Koivu was assessed during the incident.

The NHL will likely decide on a suspension for Ohlund by today, as the Canucks play Calgary tonight. Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior vice president and director of hockey operations, confirmed to the Star Tribune that the league would look into the incident. Risebrough said the league had called him and asked for an injury report on Koivu.

Risebrough wouldn't guess on what the league might do with Ohlund, or whether the length of a possible suspension would be mitigated by Koivu's elbowing penalty. But the Canucks are scheduled to play the Wild in Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday, and it's likely the league -- wanting to avoid any possible problems -- would like to avoid having Ohlund play in that game. For that to happen, he would have to be suspended for three games.

Ohlund's swinging stick was the low spot in a game filled with chippy action that resulted in a lot of talk out of both dressing rooms afterward. In no particular order:

• Wild winger Marian Gaborik and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler battled much of the night, with Gaborik ultimately being called for elbowing. The Canucks cried foul, the Wild wondered why Kesler was able to take runs at the Wild star all evening.

• At the end of the game, the Canucks howled that the Wild's Stephane Veilleux had shot the puck at Vancouver's Mike Weaver as time expired, a charge Veilleux denied.

But most of the reaction surrounded Ohlund's swinging stick. After the game, Ohlund said he had overreacted. The Wild, meanwhile, was furious then and still irritated Saturday.

"That was awful, just a straight-up, home run he was trying to hit with his ankle there," winger Mark Parrish said. "It was pretty brutal. I'd be pretty surprised if he was playing [Wednesday]."

Said Brian Rolston: "One of our best players getting two-handed like that? There will be some carryover effects from that for sure. ... It was a two-hander. There's no room for that. I think he'll get suspended, for sure. We'll move on, but I just hope we don't lose Mikko for any extended period."

The Wild will lose him for a while, and at an inopportune time. The Wild is coming off a 1-3 road trip and has won only three times in its past 11 games. Glass half full: The Wild is still only one point behind division-leading Colorado, which is in town tonight. Half empty: The Wild is also one point away from being out of the playoff picture after a strong start to the season.

Koivu is second on the team in scoring and second among forwards in ice time. He leads the team with a plus-5 rating. And his absence puts the Wild in a bind at center. Risebrough said he would not call up a player from Houston of the AHL for tonight's game, but he wouldn't rule out a future move.

But Koivu's injury, coupled with Wes Walz still being away from the team, has left the Wild with only three healthy centers for tonight in Eric Belanger, James Sheppard and Dominic Moore. The good news is that Parrish, who left Friday's game because of a strained back, practiced Sunday and is listed as probable for today.

But who will fill the gap at center? Coach Jacques Lemaire said it could be either Pierre-Marc Bouchard or Rolston in the short term.

And then, after tonight, what about Wednesday? Whether Ohlund plays or not, the possibility of retribution will surround that game.

After Friday's loss, Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard talked about Wednesday's rematch. "Their so-called agitators were taking liberties," said Boogaard, who missed Saturday's practice having a laceration on his elbow tended to. "As soon as I stepped on the ice [all game], they just sort of spread out and scatter in their holes almost. They don't want to come near me and talk to me. But they think they can slash and stick and punch our skill guys. I'm not going to stand for it."

  • related content

  • Wild Insider: Two for the money

    Sunday November 18, 2007

    A couple of important Wild veterans are headed toward free-agency next summer. Wise spending is the goal.

  • Suspension served, Hill now eager to join team

    Sunday November 18, 2007

    Wild defenseman Sean Hill has seen enough of assistant coaches Mario Tremblay and Mike Ramsey and strength coach Kirk Olson...

  • Gameday: Wild vs. Colorado

    Saturday November 17, 2007

    Preview: Both teams are coming off a Friday night thumping -- Colorado at the hands of Dallas -- so both...

  • WILD VS> COLORADO 5 p.m. today • Xcel Energy Center • TV: FSN (830-AM)
  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: B. Wilson 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 8
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 2
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: D. Otero 0
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 6 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: E. Butler 5
Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 7
Milwaukee - WP: Z. Duke 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: M. Melancon 0
Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
NY Mets - WP: J. Niese 4 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 2
Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 3
Cleveland - WP: T. House 7 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: T. May 3
Seattle - LP: C. Young 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 10
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: J. Motte 8
San Francisco - LP: Y. Petit 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: A. Cashner 3
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 5 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 8
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(13) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(11) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
North Carolina 41 FINAL
East Carolina 70
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(21) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
SMU 6
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Utah 26 FINAL
Michigan 10
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 34 FINAL
FIU 3
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Indiana 31 FINAL
(18) Missouri 27
San Jose St 7 FINAL
Minnesota 24
Texas State 35 FINAL
Illinois 42
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Georgia State 14 FINAL
Washington 45
Appalachian St 20 FINAL
Southern Miss 21
Miss State 34 FINAL
(8) LSU 29
Northern Ill 14 FINAL
Arkansas 52
Middle Tennessee 17 FINAL
Memphis 36
Utah State 14 FINAL
Arkansas State 21
Miami-Ohio 24 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Idaho 24 FINAL
Ohio U 36
Ball State 23 FINAL
Toledo 34
(14) So Carolina 48 FINAL
Vanderbilt 34
(4) Oklahoma 45 FINAL
West Virginia 33
Ga Southern 28 FINAL
South Alabama 6
UNLV 14 FINAL
Houston 47
Miami-Florida 31 FINAL
(24) Nebraska 41
New Mexico 38 FINAL
New Mexico St 35
(22) Clemson 17 FINAL
(1) Florida State 23
California 45 FINAL
Arizona 49
San Diego St 7 FINAL
Oregon State 28
(2) Oregon 38 FINAL
Washington St 31
Louisiana 9 FINAL
Boise State 34
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Vancouver FC 0 FINAL
Portland 3
Houston 0 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
New England 0 FINAL
Columbus 1
San Jose 0 FINAL
Montreal 2
Seattle 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 4
D.C. 3 FINAL
Chicago 3
FC Dallas 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close
Minnesota Vancouver Hockey