Preview: Former Wild goalie Jose Theodore and the Panthers, chasing their first division title ever, arrive in Minnesota with points in nine of their past 10 games (6-1-3). The Wild has lost three in a row and six of its past eight.
Players to watch: Wild LW Jason Zucker, who will make his NHL debut, will be the 45th player to dress for the Wild this season. C Kyle Brodziak has three goals and eight points in his past six games. Theodore is 3-4-3 with a 2.28 goals against average against Minnesota.
Numbers: Theodore is 4-1-3 in his past eight games, allowing just 13 goals in that span. ... The Panthers are 29-2-4 when scoring at least three goals; the Wild is 4-29-7 when giving up at least three.
Injuries: Wild LW Matt Kassian (sports hernia) will undergo surgery and miss the final six games. D Justin Falk (knee) practiced Wednesday but is not ready. C Matt Cullen (broken finger), D Jared Spurgeon (concussion), D Mike Lundin (sports hernia), LW/RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out. Panthers RW Matt Bradley (upper body) and RW Jack Skille (shoulder) are out.
Note: Wild C Chad Rau was reassigned.
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Guerra||2||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw||3|
|Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano||3||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto||6|
|Miami - LP: B. Hand||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||9|
|Washington - WP: T. Roark||10||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||3|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price||3|
|St. Louis - LP: C. Martinez||2||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta||11|
|Boston - WP: C. Buchholz||11||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: B. Peacock||0|
|Detroit - LP: J. Verlander||2||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura||5|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||10||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood||7|
|LA Angels - WP: T. Skaggs||10||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: S. Baker||7|
|Arizona - LP: V. Nuno||4||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner||8|
|San Diego - LP: T. Ross||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||1|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||13||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: B. Anderson||5|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||4||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: C. Young||1|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: K. Gausman||3|