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Continued: Koivu likely to make his return on Monday night

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 3, 2014 - 1:22 PM

This time, the Wild is 11-4-2 without him, with the core of the team now including Parise, Ryan Suter and veterans Jason Pominville and Matt Cooke.

Parise largely credits the youngsters, from Granlund, Coyle, Niederreiter and Haula to Jonas Brodin to, of course, red-hot goalie Darcy Kuemper.

“You always have your opening day rosters and what you hope for, and it never works out like that. You always have injuries,” Parise said. “In a weird way, a lot of players have benefited from guys getting hurt.

“Players have been playing more than they probably would have, players have been here that probably wouldn’t have been here. It’s always a tricky thing with younger players because you want to be patient and let them develop at their own pace and not put too much pressure on them. But in a weird way, we needed these guys to come through, and the injuries may have made us a better team. They’ve done a really good job developing quietly.

“Now that everyone’s healthy, hopefully they can maintain their level of play. If they do, that’s only a good thing.”



 

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