2 p.m. vs. Florida • Xcel Energy Center • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild, looking to end a three-game losing streak, and hoping to win at Xcel Energy Center for the first time since Dec. 28 (it is 0-7-2 there since) hosts a Florida team that is dealing heavily with Monday’s trade deadline approaching. The Panthers traded for Calgary’s Jiri Hudler, Detroit’s Jakub Kindl and Edmonton’s Teddy Purcell on Saturday. None will play Sunday. Florida blew a 2-0 lead in a 4-3 shootout loss in Columbus on Saturday, ending a two-game winning streak.
Players to watch: Wild LW Thomas Vanek has three goals and five points in his past five games. D Ryan Suter and RW Jason Pominville each had two assists vs. Washington. Ageless RW Jaromir Jagr leads the Panthers in scoring (20-25—45), with LW Jussi Jokinen (11-31—42) right behind him. G Roberto Luongo has played in 47 of the Panthers’ 61 games. He played Saturday in Columbus, dropping to 26-14-6. Backup Al Montoya will start in goal.
Numbers: After scoring 21 goals in four consecutive victories, the Wild has scored only five in the past three games, all losses. The Wild is 6-0-2 all-time vs. Florida at Xcel Energy Center.
Injuries: Wild LW Jason Zucker (upper body) and D Jonas Brodin (foot) are out. G Devan Dubnyk will at least dress after missing Friday’s game at Washington for maintenance issues. Panthers D Willie Mitchell (lower body), C Brandon Pirri (ankle) and LW Jonathan Huberdeau (upper body) are on injured reserve. C Dave Bolland (lower body) and C Quinton Howden (upper body) are listed as day-to-day.