"He certainly could have played but we just want to give him every opportunity to be 100 percent," Yeo said.
With Brodziak out, the Wild will slide wing Nino Niederreiter to center and suit up defenseman Clayton Stoner, who has missed the past 10 games with a knee injury. Otherwise, the Wild are not expected to rest any key players. Minnesota is 6-0-1 in its past seven games and Yeo wants the Wild to keep their current edge.
Niederreiter has never played center in the NHL, but has in the World Junior Tournament.
"Big body, it's something we actually contemplated last week," Yeo said.
Nashville did not skate Sunday after its 7-5 win Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Here are the projected lineups for the Predators and Wild:
Scratched: Michael Del Zotto
Injured: Patrick Eaves (lower body)
Injured: Mikael Granlund (upper body), Kyle Brodziak (lower body), Dany Heatley (lower body), Jason Zucker (quad), Keith Ballard (groin), Darcy Kuemper (upper body), Josh Harding (illness), Niklas Backstrom (abdominal)
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