For five games now, it seems every single time the Dany Heatley-Kyle Brodziak-Nick Johnson line hops the boards, the puck enters the offensive zone, the opponent is hemmed in for long stretches and the trio generates oodles of scoring chances. Heatley, in particular, has been jumpstarted in a way Wild fans have waited for since he was traded to Minnesota last July. Well, captain Mikko Koivu, Heatley's linemate from Day 1, is close to returning from a shoulder injury, maybe as early as Tuesday in Columbus. What to do? What to do? Thursday morning in Denver, when asked if he would keep the Heatley-Brodziak-Johnson line intact, coach Mike Yeo was noncommittal. After Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss in Dallas, a game in which Brodziak scored a breakaway goal and the three combined for 15 of the Wild's 34 shots, Yeo indicated it would be hard to break up what's clicking so well.
Heatley's line running on all cylinders
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 6