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Game 39: End of epic homestand in sight as Cats welcome another historically tough bunch to Sunrise

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Minnesota Wild (20-10-7 47P) at Florida Panthers (22-12-4 48P)

  • WHEN: 6:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 5:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
  • TICKETS: Single Game

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 2 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs MIN: 4W-10L-1T 1OTL 1SOL 28GF 50GA
  • ALL-TIME vs MIN at FLA: 3W-5L-0T 0OTL 1SOL 17GF 26GA
  • LAST FIVE vs MIN: 1-3-1 8GF 13GA

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Montoya (5-1-1 .930/1.79 0SO), Dubnyk (16-10-3 .920/2.30 4SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs MIN (regular season): 16GP 4G-14A 18P 0GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaMinnesota

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NOTES:

Nope. Short of Nick Bjugstad possibly making his return to the lineup, not gonna say a word regarding this one; no way I take the rap if things go sour. Y'all know the score - and stakes - heading into this evening's match. Go Cats.

NHL.com Preview:

The Minnesota Wild won each game against the Florida Panthers last season, including a 4-1 victory at BB&T Center on Nov. 24, 2014. Minnesota's Zach Parise and Jason Zucker each scored two goals, and Mikko Koivu had four assists. Shawn Thornton and Nick Bjugstad had a goal apiece for Florida. (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

After halting a seven-game losing streak to the Rangers, Florida next faces another longtime nemesis. The Wild are 12-1-2 in the series' past 15 meetings and have won the last three in regulation. Minnesota also has received strong goaltending from Devan Dubnyk during a 2-0-1 stretch as he's permitted four goals on 93 shots. On the current four-game road trip, he followed a 33-save effort in Thursday's 3-1 win at St. Louis with 28 in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss at Tampa Bay. (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 3-0 win over the Rangers yesterday. Past five: 5-0-0 15GF 8GA (streak: 8W)

Last game for the Wild: 3-2 SO loss at Tampa Bay last night. Past five: 3-1-1 11GF 9GA (streak: 1L)

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Sunday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • OTTAWA (18-14-6 42P) at Chicago (22-13-4 48P), 7:00 NHLN
  • Idle: MTL (47P), DET (45P), TBL (42P), TOR (37P), BUF (34P)

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