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Wild-Blackhawks Game 4 preview

  • May 7, 2013 - 12:22 AM

WILD VS. CHICAGO • 8:30 P.M.

XCEL ENERGY CENTER • FSN, 100.3-FM

 

Josh Harding is expected to make his fourth consecutive start in net for the Wild. He is 1-2 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. … Mike Rupp and Zenon Konopka didn’t practice Monday, so LW Stephane Veilleux is expected to play his second consecutive game. Jake Dowell might make his Wild playoff debut. He previously played two playoff games for the Blackhawks. … Chicago RW Patrick Kane, who led the Western Conference in scoring during the regular season, leads the series with five points, all assists. … C Matt Cullen leads the Wild with three points, all assists. Captain Mikko Koivu still is looking for his first point of the series.

BLACKHAWKS LINEUP

Forward lines: Brandon Saad-Jonathan Toews-Marian Hossa; Patrick Sharp-Michal Handzus-Patrick Kane; Bryan Bickell-Andrew Shaw-Vitkor Stalberg; *Brandon Bollig-Marcus Kruger-Michael Frolik. *-Dan Carcillo might be inserted for Bollig.

Defensive pairs: Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson; Nick Leddy-Brent Seabrook; Michal Rozsival-Johnny Oduya.

Goalies: Corey Crawford, Henrik Karlsson.

WILD LINEUP

Forward lines: Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle; Jason Zucker-Matt Cullen-Devin Setoguchi; Cal Clutterbuck-Kyle Brodziak-Pierre-Marc Bouchard; Stephane Veilleux-Jake Dowell-Torrey Mitchell.

Defensive pairs: Ryan Suter-Jonas Brodin; Marco Scandella-Jared Spurgeon; Justin Falk-Tom Gilbert. Extras: Brett Clark and Nate Prosser.

Goalies: Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper.

Injuries: Wild RW Jason Pominville (head), G Niklas Backstrom (lower body), D Clayton Stoner (upper body), LW Mike Rupp (knee) and C Zenon Konopka (foot) are questionable. RW Dany Heatley (shoulder) is out. Blackhawks C Dave Bolland (groin) and G Ray Emery (lower body) are out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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