The Minnesota Wild return home for the first time in nearly two weeks with Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Captain Mikko Koivu's return is another story.

Koivu has missed 13 games after having ankle surgery as the result of blocking a shot on Jan. 4 against the Washington Capitals. Koivu and the team were hopeful he would return before the break, but he hasn't returned to practice with the team, making a return this week unlikely.

"I would say highly in doubt would probably be the best way to put it," coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "He did skate on his own again today, felt better. He's doing everything he can. He's in great shape. He's doing everything he can; it's just he's got to be ready."

Minnesota has two home games remaining before the Olympic break with Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Thursday against Nashville. A return during the two-game homestand for Koivu, who's been skating independently and was on the last road trip with the team, is a longshot and his status for playing in the Olympics with Finland is also uncertain.

Koivu, who is tied for second on the team with 35 points, is a two-time Olympian for Finland and could possibly be in line to captain Finland's team in Sochi, Russia later this month. Yeo said no decisions on Koivu's status for the Olympics has been determined and the decision will basically come down to whether Koivu is medically cleared.

"Obviously it's got to come from the player," Yeo said. "Even if he's medically cleared, but physically the pain is too much to bear, then we're talking about a great warrior and a guy who plays the game extremely hard. So I think that's all going to play into it. And I don't want to put words into his mouth. I just know that he wants to play. He wants to be over there. He wants to represent his country and he also wants to look out in the best interest for our team, so there's a lot on his mind right now."

Koivu has eight goals and is tied for the Wild lead with 27 assists this season.

There's some concern for NHL teams as the league takes a two-plus week break for the Olympics with several stars going to represent their countries and the risk of injury outside of NHL play. Minnesota would want to make sure Koivu is healthy enough to play, but would support his participating if he was medically cleared.

Missing the past month, Yeo believes the Olympics could be a good opportunity for Koivu to get his timing back before the Wild return to play on Feb. 27 at Edmonton.