CHICAGO — Erik Haula became a breakout performer for the Minnesota Wild last season during a Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Coach Mike Yeo would like to see a repeat performance.
Forward Justin Fontaine was injured in Game 1 of this series against the Blackhawks and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He will not play Sunday in Game 2 (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2) against Chicago as Minnesota tries to draw even after a 4-3 win Friday by the Blackhawks.
Haula, who was a healthy scratch for Minnesota's first seven 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs games, will replace Fontaine and center the fourth line between Matt Cooke and Kyle Brodziak.
"He's got a lot of speed. That's one area of our game that can get better," Cooke said. "We can attack with more speed, and we obviously have to be good with the puck to do that. He brings that element. He's a big body, competes and he's hungry. He's been sitting out for a while. He's not taking for granted this opportunity to get back in there."