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Leopold out, Prosser in as Wild look to avoid Chicago sweep

Anaheim Ducks v Minnesota Wild

Anaheim Ducks v Minnesota Wild

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The Minnesota Wild are making a lineup change in the hopes of living to play another day.

Veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold, who’s appeared in all nine playoff games thus far, will be dropped from the lineup in Game 4 against Chicago in favor of Nate Prosser, who’ll make his postseason debut.

Prosser: “I’m really excited for tonight and ready to bring my game.” #mnwild

— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) May 7, 2015

Prosser appeared in 63 games during the regular season and finished with two goals and seven points. According to head coach Mike Yeo, Prosser will help the club on the penalty kill; it’s also worth noting Leopold was barely used in the Game 3 loss to the ‘Hawks, getting just 8:36 of ice time.

As for other lineup notes:

-- Prosser looks like he’ll be on a pairing with Mathew Dumba.

-- Chris Stewart briefly participated in this morning’s skate, but looks like he’s still struggling with his upper-body injury and won’t suit up tonight.

-- Projected lines,
per the Star-Tribune:

#mnwild lines at least in skate: Parise-Granlund-Pominville; Zucker-Koivu-Coyle; Niederreiter-Brodziak-Vanek; Cooke-Haula-Schroeder

— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) May 7, 2015