St. Louis Blues Look to Take Commanding Lead in Game 5 Against Minnesota Wild

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Wild Projected Lineup


Zach PariseMikael GranlundJason Pominville

Jason ZuckerMikko KoivuChris Stewart

Thomas VanekCharlie CoyleNino Niederreiter

Sean Bergenheim-Kyle BrodziakJustin Fontaine


Ryan SuterJonas Brodin

Marco ScandellaJared Spurgeon

Nate Prosser-Matt Dumba

Goalie: Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Niklas BackstromStu BickelJonathon BlumRyan CarterMatt CookeJohn CurryChristian Folin, Kurtis Gabriel, Guillaume Gelinas, Tyler GraovacErik Haula, Michael Keranen, Jordan Leopold, Zack Mitchell, Gustav Olofsson, Jordan SchroederBrent Sutter

Wild coach Mike Yeo said on Thursday that it would be “safe to assume” that there will be lineup changes for Game 5, according to the Star Tribune‘s Michael Russo. Goalie Devan Dubnyk, who was pulled in Wednesday’s game, is expected to get back in net for Game 5, but there could be a few substitutions among the skaters. With every Wild player besides forward Nino Neiderreiter having collected a minus rating on Wednesday, it’s difficult to predict what types of changes will be made.

It’s possible that we could see a swap of two players who spent time with the Blues earlier this season, as defenseman Nate Prosser could get in for Jordan Leopold. Prosser, played in 63 games but was used sparingly over the past two months of the season, while Leopold has been a regular since being traded to the Wild at the deadline but tied with Jason Pominville for the worst plus-minus rating on the team Wednesday at minus-3. It would also be reasonable to expect changes on the fourth line, where Matt Cooke and Jordan Schroeder have already seen playoff action on the wings during this playoff series.

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