Minnesota Wild vs Florida Panthers: Live Game Thread

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2013-2014 Season
Game 18

Minnesota Wild

vs

Florida Panthers

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 PM CST

Television: FS-N, FS-WI, FS-F

Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com


For the Panthers perspective, pay a visit to our friends at Litter Box Cats.


Minnesota Wild: Line-Up

FORWARDS

Zach Parise

Mikko Koivu

Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter

Mikael Granlund

Jason Pominville

Matt Cooke

Kyle Brodziak

Justin Fontaine

Dany Heatley

Zenon Konopka

Torrey Mitchell

DEFENCEMAN

Ryan Suter

Jonas Brodin

Marco Scandella

Jared Spurgeon

Nate Prosser

Clayton Stoner

GOALTENDERS

Josh Harding

Johan Gustafsson


Florida Panthers: Line-Up

FORWARDS

Jonathan Huberdeau

Nick Bjugstad

Thomas Fleischmann

Scottie Upshall

Aleksander Barkov

Brad Boyes

Thomas Kopecky

Marcel Goc

Jimmy Hayes

Sean Bergenheim

Shawn Matthias

Krys Barch

DEFENCEMAN

Brian Campbell

Tom Gilbert

Dmitry Kulikov

Mike Weaver

Mike Mottau

Erik Gudbranson

GOALTENDERS

Tim Thomas

Scott Clemmensen



Minnesota Wild: Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Zach Parise other-excused 11/09/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mike Rupp knee 10/01/2013
Keith Ballard other-excused 11/06/2013



Florida Panthers: Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jesse Winchester other-excused 11/15/2013

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Scott Gomez groin 11/15/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ed Jovanovski hip 09/25/2013


Five Questions:

1) Mike Yeo has been talking-up the 3rd line since the Leafs game. Does one of them score tonight?

2) The Wild's, normally excellent, powerplay stumbled in the last game; does it recover against the Panthers?

3) Former Gopher, Nick Bjugstad is on the Panthers top line and has been their best puck possession player this year (admittedly, in sheltered minutes); is it inevitable that he scores tonight at the Xcel?

4) The Panthers are cleaning-house and have some pretty decent veteran players on the roster (namely, Campbell, Gilbert, Kulikov, Fleischmann and Matthias) who could turn out to be very useful acquisitions for teams with playoff ambitions before the trade deadline. Will any of them put on a show tonight for any scouts who might be watching?

5) Mikko Koivu is due a goal. Does his shooting percentage regression begin tonight?

*

Tonight is the first chance for Panthers fans to get a look at their new acquisition, Jimmy Hayes. Their team is probably pretty frustrated by the way things have gone this season, but the prospect of winning a trade to a contender will have their veterans on their toes. Add to that a great group of raw young talents, and the Panthers are by no means a bunch of push-overs. Their underlying numbers suggest that they aren't quite as bad as their record and have been the victims of comically low shooting and save percentages so far this year.


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