|After taking a one-year sabbatical, Tim Thomas has returned to the National Hockey League and joined the Florida Panthers. Thomas, who led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011 winning Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy, is 39 years old.
The Panthers picked up a number of aging players through free agency this offseason including Scott Gomez, Tom Gilbert and Ryan Whitney.
|Every Saturday home game the Panthers hold a Twitter contest to watch the second period with a personality. Fans who tweet during the first period can enter to watch the second with the couple from Big Brother if that gets you going.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Koivu is amid a four-game point streak (1-3=4). The Wild leader’s five assists is tops on the team and is tied for the team lead in points (1-5=6) with Matt Cooke.
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|The forward lines will stay the same as team's last outing:
Here are the D-pairings:
Harding is expected to get the nod in net. Tonight’s contest will be the first time facing the Florida Panthers.
|We need to try to find some offense here.
- Yeo on changing the lines
|Ballard will miss another game, as a preventative measure after taking a puck to the face Monday in Buffalo. Prosser will join him.
Charlie Coyle is on Injured Reserve with a knee sprain and is expected to be out for a few more weeks. Mike Rupp is still out with a lower-body injury and on IR.
|Nick Bjugstad is a native of Minneapolis and played two seasons at the University of Minnesota (2010-2012). Tom Gilbert is a native of Bloomington and played 63 games over two season with the Wild (2011-13).||Minnesota has scored at least one power-play goal in six games this season, and entering play Friday, ranks T-5th in the NHL in power-play percentage (27.3%).|
|Wild at Lightning will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 6:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.||
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