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NHL Preview: Minnesota Wild (18-21-5) at Florida Panthers (27-13-4)

MINNESOTA WILD NOTES:

SERIES NOTES

FLORIDA PANTHERS All-Time Wild Record: 19-9-3 (11-2-3 at Xcel Energy Center, 8-7-1 at Florida)

2023-24: Minnesota opened the 2023-24 season with a 2-0 win over Florida (10/12)…C Joel Eriksson Ek (1-1=2) led the Wild with two points…D Brock Faber (1-0=1) also scored for Minnesota…G Filip Gustavsson saved all 41 shots faced in the shutout win…G Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 19-of-21 shots faced for Florida.

WILD LEADERS: RW Mats Zuccarello leads Minnesota with 28 points (14- 15=29) in 28 matches against Florida…D Zach Bogosian owns 21 points (6=15=21) in 44 games vs. Florida…LW Marcus Johansson has 15 points (5-10=15) in 31 games…LW Pat Maroon owns 13 points (5-8=13) in 32 games…D Jared Spurgeon has 12 points (2-10=12) in 18 contests.

WILD GOALIES: G Marc-Andre Fleury is 18-10-2 with a 2.30 GAA, a .922 SV% and two shutouts in 31 career games (29 starts) vs. the Panthers… Gustavsson is 1-2-1 with a 2.22 GAA, a .931 SV% and one shutout in four starts against Florida

PANTHERS LEADERS: C Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with 17 points (4- 13=17) in 18 matches against Minnesota…D Oliver Ekman-Larsson owns 13 points (2-11=13) in 43 contests…C Nick Cousins owns 10 points (3-7=10) in 17 matches…RW Matthew Tkachuk has nine points (4-5=9) in 18 games.

PANTHERS GOALIES: Bobrovsky is 13-4-1 with a 2.03 GAA, a .930 SV% and one shutout in 18 career starts vs. the Wild…G Anthony Stolarz is 1-2-0 with a 4.44 GAA and a .892 SV% in three career starts.

FAST FACTS: Minnesota went 10-0-1 against Florida from Nov. 29, 2001-Dec. 13, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center – its second-longest home point streak against a team in franchise history…The Wild’s 19 career wins against the Panthers are tied for its fifth-most against an Eastern Conference opponent

FLORIDA PANTHERS NOTES:

BAPTIST HEALTH INJURY REPORT

– F Nick Cousins | Games Missed: 7

– F Aleksander Barkov | Games Missed: 1

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

– Jan. 17: F Rasmus Asplund recalled from Charlotte (AHL)

PANTHERS vs. WILD

ALL-TIME vs. MIN: 12-17-1-2

ALL-TIME HOME vs. MIN: 8-7-0-1

2023-24 vs. MIN: 0-1-0

CATS STATS

– Tonight is Star Wars Night at Amerant Bank Arena.

– Matthew Tkachuk tied for the league lead in points (7-8-15) from Jan. 1-17.

CHEWIE, WE’RE HOME

Florida will wrap up their season-long five-game homestand tonight against Minnesota. The Panthers 11 home regulation wins are tied for the fifth most among NHL teams. Sam Reinhart’s 15 home goals are tied for fifth most among skaters, while his three shorthanded goals at Amerant Bank Arena are tied with Simon Holmstrom and Colton Sissons for the league lead in home SHGs. Carter Verhaeghe is tied for the league lead in home game-winning goals (4). Since Dec. 6, Florida owns a 6-2-2 record on home ice.

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