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Continued: Coyle's return breaks up Parise and Koivu

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 31, 2013 - 1:05 AM

Koivu has one goal this season on 30 shots. In comparison, Parise is second in the NHL with 66 shots.

“You always want to score more and you want to produce offensively like any player,” Koivu said. “Obviously there’s ups and downs, but yeah, it’s my job to produce offensively and I haven’t been able to do that as much as I wanted. But at the same time, there’s a lot of good in my game, too.

“I’m not going to change what I do. I believe it’s been working. I’m sure it’s going to work in the future as well.”

Coyle, 21, is just excited to get back in “no matter who I’m on a line with.” He had chemistry with Parise last season, only as the right wing on the Parise-Koivu line, not as the center. He doesn’t think his position matters.

He said it might take some time to get acclimated again to the speed and pace of games. He was hurt one period into the second game of the season and admitted he could feel Wednesday’s practice in his legs.

“As soon as the injury happened, I came into the locker room and wanted to punch through the wall,” Coyle said. “But I just tried to stay positive and I think that helped my recovery. I can’t wait to play.”

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