ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will make several tweaks to their lineup for Game 4 of their Second Round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2).
Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-0 and can advance to the Western Conference Final for the third consecutive season with a win at Xcel Energy Center. A Wild win would force Game 5 in Chicago on Saturday.
The biggest change for the Wild is moving third-line center Charlie Coyle to right wing on the second line, with left wing Jason Zucker and center Mikko Koivu. Coyle and Zucker have been linemates for much of the series but Coyle has played sparingly with Koivu this season. He has played right wing on Koivu's line in the past.
Coyle said communication will be the key to finding chemistry.
"Not only on the ice but on the bench; I think that helps a ton," Coyle said. "Just a lot of talk and we've already been talking before practice here. Just going over little things, little tendencies. I know me and Mikko have been apart for a little bit."
With Coyle moving to the second line, fourth-line center Kyle Brodziak was moved to Coyle's spot between Thomas Vanek and Nino Niederreiter.
Brodziak hasn't made the score sheet in the postseason but has been an effective player for the Wild in limited minutes. Wild coach Mike Yeo said he hopes putting Brodziak and Niederreiter, two bigger bodies, will help open space for Vanek, who is looking for his first goal in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"I'd like to see that line be effective below the top of the circles," Yeo said. "It's not a team that has given us a lot of free ice from the top of the circles out, so how we play below the top of the circles, how we get down low, how we move our feet down there, is going to be important."
The Wild will swap out defenseman Jordan Leopold for Nate Prosser, who hasn't played since the regular-season finale April 11.
"It's not the first time I've done this; I've done this a few times," Prosser said. "Hopefully I'm just able to find my comfort zone right away and the group of guys will collect me in and there will be a lot of smiles tonight. I've just got to be ready to go. I'll have a good warmup and get my legs going and make sure my head is into it right away."
Here are the projected lineups:
Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell - Brad Richards - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Antoine Vermette - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrew Desjardins - Marcus Kruger - Andrew Shaw
Duncan Keith - Michal Rozsival
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Kimmo Timonen - Brent Seabrook
Scratched: Joakim Nordstrom, Daniel Carcillo, David Rundblad, Kyle Cumiskey, Michael Paliotta, Antti Raanta
Injured: Kris Versteeg (lower body)
Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Thomas Vanek - Kyle Brodziak - Nino Niederreiter
Matt Cooke - Erik Haula - Jordan Schroeder
Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Nate Prosser - Matt Dumba
Scratched: Ryan Carter, Sean Bergenheim, Christian Folin, Jordan Leopold, Niklas Backstrom
Injured: Chris Stewart (upper body), Justin Fontaine (lower body), Keith Ballard (concussion)
Status report: Haula will play his second game of the postseason. He received 10:03 of ice time in Game 2 and did not figure into the scoring.
Who's hot: Dubnyk has allowed four goals on 52 shots during the past two games. .. Kane has scored in four straight games, dating to Game 6 of the first round. He has outscored the Wild 3-1 in the past two games.