After being hospitalized in Columbus, Wild captain Koivu to play tonight


Less than 48 hours after a scary collision that put him in hospital, Mikko Koivu is back on the ice.

On Thursday, Koivu took part in Minnesota’s morning skate and declared himself in for tonight’s home date against the Flyers.

Considering where Koivu was on Tuesday — at 1:13 into the game against the Blue Jackets, he got nailed into the boards by David Savard — this is no small feat:

More, from the Star-Tribune:

I’m told he was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons because he was spitting up blood. They wanted to check all his internal organs like kidney, spleen, lungs, etc, but everything checked out.

“I think everyone saw the play,” [Koivu said. “For sure it’s always scary when you don’t really have control and you go into the boards at top speed.

“Probably got lucky in a way that nothing more happened. I guess I was able to prepare a little bit when you know you’re going into the boards. A lot worse it could have been. Good thing we’re back here and getting right back at it.”

It’s a big development for the Wild, as Koivu has been very good for them this year. He has 32 points through 39 games and is on pace for his highest offensive output since 2010-11, when he finished with 62 points.