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Pominville, Dowell in lineup for Wild

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 10:02 PM

By Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent / Blackhawks-Wild series blog

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Pominville, Dowell in lineup for Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Despite a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series, the Minnesota Wild made tweaks to their lineup in Game 4.

Right wing Jason Pominville returned from injury, and Jake Dowell, a former Blackhawks player, is centering the Wild's fourth line. Torrey Mitchell, who centered that line for Game 3, moves to right wing. Mike Rupp, who skated four shifts Sunday, was scratched.

Pominville was considered a game-time decision, according to Wild coach Mike Yeo.

"Just doing my best to get back to where I need to be," Pominville said at the morning skate. "I'm heading in the right direction, that's for sure."

Pominville was expected to skate on the right side of Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, which would push Cal Clutterbuck to fourth line left wing.

"It's been tough," Pominville said of not being on the ice. "It's not easy. It's been a tough rehab, a few things have gone different ways."

Pominville said he skated on his own and out of the media's eye for a few days prior, but absorbed contact during the morning's skate.

Josh Harding again started in goal. Niklas Backstrom, ruled day-to-day by Yeo, was not ready to assume backup duties Tuesday. Darcy Kuemper dressed in his place.

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