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Wild Tinkers With Lines, Could Get Haula Back

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

DALLAS – Forward Erik Haula practiced with the Minnesota Wild in full on Friday, and is likely play on Saturday in Game 2 against the Dallas Stars (7 p.m., FOX Sports North, NBCSN, SN, TVA3).

Haula missed Game 1 on Thursday with a lower-body injury. He had not skated with the Wild since its April 9 regular season finale against the Calgary Flames.

He skated on his own Wednesday prior to the Wild departing for Dallas, and then Thursday toward the end of Minnesota's morning skate.

Haula said he is good to go for the game on Saturday.

"He obviously brings a lot of speed into the lineup, which is great. Dallas is a fast team, so it's definitely going to help having him back in the lineup," Nino Niederreiter said.

Interim Head Coach John Torchetti said a decision will be made on Saturday.

"We’ll see how he feels tomorrow," Torchetti said. "That would be a big help for us. I think it’ll solidify that line with [Jason Pominville] and himself back. We haven’t had that flow of the checking mentality and we want to get back to that."

Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who missed Game 1, could also return on Saturday. He has not played for Dallas since lacerating his Achilles in a March 17 game. He's been skating since Monday, and Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff said its possible Seguin plays for the first time in four weeks on Saturday.

"I’ve felt great all four days (I've skated)," Seguin said. "It’s been about getting that conditioning up a bit. Yesterday was a pretty good skate. Today just went out there, tried to feel good, and I did, so I’m happy with that."

While Haula returned to his normal spot in practice in his normal spot between Niederreiter and Pominville, Torchetti shook up the rest of his lines following the Wild's 4-0 shutout loss on Thursday.

The Wild has scored six goals in its past six games.

"Well we haven’t had any offense, so hopefully we’ll take a look at maybe [Coyle] at center," Torchetti said. "We’ll see how that looks and go from there.”

The reshuffling saw Mikael Granlund and David Jones on Mikko Koivu's wings.

"I can offer some speed and some size, and my game just comes from my skating and my ability to get in on the forecheck, and create loose pucks," Jone ssaid. "We're just looking to create a little bit more offensively, and if I can create loose pucks for those guys, [Granlund] and Mikko are very talented. They'll do the rest once you get the puck to them."

The Wild's second line featured, from left-to-right, Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, and Justin Fontaine.

Ryan Carter and Jarret Stoll remained on the fourth line, joined by Chris Porter.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk did not take part in practice on Friday. Torchetti said it was for maintenance.

Here are the Wild's lines from practice:

Mikael GranlundMikko KoivuDavid Jones

Jason ZuckerCharlie CoyleJustin Fontaine

Nino NiederreiterErik HaulaJason Pominville

Ryan CarterJarret StollChris Porter

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