Tonight the Wild look to cool down the red-hot Florida Panthers who won their eighth consecutive game last night. Florida's 11 wins and 22-point total (11-3-0) in the month of December is the highest win and point total in Panthers' franchise history for any month. All without Minnesota-native and former Golden Gopher Nick Bjugstad who could be active tonight for the first time in 15 games.
Both teams are on the heels of a back-to-back. Minnesota is 1-1-4 in the second night of play. Devan Dubnyk will most likely go again tonight. It's been nearly a full year since Niklas Backstrom has seen game time. Al Montoya is expected to start tonight for the Panthers. After a sluggish first two period last night, Mike Yeo tinkered with the lines all game long. So a line chart may go out the window after the first five shifts. Tough games for Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek who were being cycled between the second and third line all game. Even Mikael Granlund was playing some wing last night.
Florida and Minnesota elected to not have a morning skate so info coming out of both camps is very few and far between. However, the Wild did make a roster move in sending back Jordan Schroeder to Iowa.
With all forwards able to play, #mnwild returns Jordan Schroeder to Iowa.— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 3, 2016
The Wild 12-2-3 all-time vs. the Panthers. This season Minnesota is 7-3-1 against the Eastern Conference, including a 4-1-1 record against the Atlantic Division. Puck drop is at 5pm tonight in at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Go Wild