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GAMEDAY: Wild at Florida

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 2:37 PM

Minnesota Wild (3-3-2: 8 points, T-9th in Western Conference, T-4th in Central Division) at Florida Panthers (2-6-0: 4 points, T-10th in Eastern Conference, 7th in Atlantic Division)
It’s been a long and winding road trip for the Minnesota Wild. The club closes out a four-game roadie tonight against the Florida Panthers. The Wild looks to snap a two-game skid after taking its first game of the road trip in Buffalo.

Consistent with most Eastern Conference teams, the Wild hasn’t seen the Panthers all the often, but has faired well in Florida. Overall, the team is 9-2-2 and is 5-2-0 in the Sunshine State against the Panthers.

Minnesota will again ride the hot hand of goaltender Josh Harding. In six games, the netminder has played brilliantly, leading the National Hockey League with a 1.15 goals-against average and is sixth with a .946 save percentage.

‪It looks like the Wild will change its forward lines, trying to find a spark 5-on-5. Jason Pominville will be back on the wing with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. The trio has found chemistry on the man advantage and looks to move it to even strength. ‬

‪Mikael Granlund will center Matt Cooke and Nino Niederreiter, while Kyle Brodziak will center Justin Fontaine and Dany Heatley. The team's fourth line of Torrey Mitchell, Zenon Konopka and Stephane Veilleux remains intact.‬

While improving early in the season, the Wild’s bugaboo on the road this season has been its penalty kill. Minnesota looks to improve on its mark of 72.2 percent while on the road. At times, the PK has looked stingy, but has allowed power play goals in each of its last two contests.

Yesterday, the team assigned goaltender Darcy Kuemper to the Iowa Wild, the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate. The netminder started one game, a loss, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On Thursday, the Wild was edged out in a goaltending duel with the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1. Josh Harding made 27 saves on 29 shots, but Ben Bishop came away with the win on a 25-save performance. Wild captain Mikko Koivu scored his first of the season midway through the third period to tie the game, but a late Steven Stamkos goal gave Tampa the win.

Koivu’s tally was the 120th of his career, surpassing Andrew Brunette for second all time on the Wild’s goal list, only nine behind Marian Gaborik.

The Panthers lost to the Boston Bruins, 3-2, at home on Thursday. Kris Versteeg and Jesse Winchester scored for Florida. Goaltender Tim Thomas made 37 saves against his former team in the loss.
With the Wild on the road, it continues to look for fan engagement with the Red Baron Roadie. The contest is how fans can win great items like autographed merchandise, and maybe even a spot on the 2014-15 Fan Road Trip. Visit the contest rules page for more info on how to enter.
Meet the Panthers If You're Going
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.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
‪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.‬

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge presented by the Pioneer Press for a chance to win great prizes.

Game Notes | Transactions | Injury Report | Lighthouse | @mnwildLIVE | @mnwildLIVE | @mnwild
Yeo | Parise | Cooke
Coming Soon
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
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.
View From The Press Box
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.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
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%).‬
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
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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Pominville on NHL Live
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