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The Wild have an opportunity to snap two losing streaks in Sunday's Matinee with Florida

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Line Combinations

Already riding a three game losing streak, the Minnesota Wild look to snap another horrid streak home-losing streak when they host the  Florida Panthers this afternoon. The Wild have not won a single game (0-7-2) in St. Paul this year. Good news is that the Wild have Zach Parise back in the lineup. Jonas Brodin & Jason Zucker (who are on the IR) skated at practice today too. However the elephant in the room is if Chris Porter will be still a member of the Minnesota Wild. Porter was placed on Waivers Saturday morning after Minnesota reassigned Jordan Schroeder back to Iowa. If Porter is not claimed by 11am or traded by 2pm he will dress. The Wild have been playing with no extra forwards... so yeah, something is cooking in Fletcher's kitchen. But give Porter credit for his play with Mikael Granlund and Thomas Vanek Torch sure has. Devan Dubnyk dressed today after sitting out for a patience day against Florida and should start? If not Darcy Kuemper will fill in for a second straight game.  

Florida Notes

Well the Flroida Panthers added more talent as they try to steal the Eastern Conference from the Washington Capitals (come on, lets be honest) acquiring three players on Saturday. None of the latest additions (Jakub Kindl, Jiri Hudlerand Teddy Purcell) will dress for Florida, but this team wants to be in the conversation this May with the juggernaut Capitals. For those who Ski-U-Mah, the Panthers have two former Gopher standouts in Nick Bjustead (who has missed some time this season and Kyle Rau recently made his NHL debut after lighting up lamps in the AHL are reunited. Sadly, Roberto Luongo will not start for the Panthers today, instead Al Montoya starts for Florida. Montoya has started just 16 games this season but has been money between the pipes posting a sub-two GAA and .930 save percentage. Minnesota has just five goals in the past three games and have to go up a team that has posted the leagues second best goals against average this season.

Key Figures