Koivu lost his footing while tied up with Blue Jackets defenceman David Savard early in the first period and was sent into the wall back-first. He skated to the bench own his on before exiting the game.
The 32-year-old centre was taken to a local hospital in Columbus, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune confirmed. The Wild offered an update via the team’s official Twitter account, declaring Koivu’s hospital visit a precautionary measure.
Mikko Koivu went to a Columbus hospital for precautionary reasons during tonight's game. He will fly home with #mnwild tonight.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 6, 2016
Koivu leads the Wild in scoring with 10 goals and 22 assists in 39 games this season.