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Florida seeks fifth straight win; Stalock makes third straight start for Minnesota

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

PANTHERS (26-16-5) at WILD (22-20-6)

8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, TVAS, FS-WI, FS-N+, FS-F, NHL.TV


The Game

The Florida Panthers will look for their fifth straight win when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

The Panthers, who have outscored opponents 21-10 in a four-game winning streak, have won eight of their past 11 games and are 11-4-0 in their past 15. Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 27 saves in a 4-1 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, will start.

Alex Stalock, who made 27 saves in a 7-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, will make his third straight start for Minnesota. The Wild have outscored opponents 10-2 winning their previous two games.


Players to watch

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in his past 15 games.

Wild forward Zach Parise, who leads the team with 18 goals, has four goals in a three-game goal streak.


They said it 

"There's a lot of depth, a lot of different guys that have chipped in. That's what you need... It's a new guy every night. We're having a lot of fun with that." -- Panthers forward Brett Connolly

"[Florida is] a great team. Don't kid yourself. They're the highest scoring team in the League, and nobody knows it's the highest scoring. … They're climbing. … My confidence is, if we play the way we played the last two games that we'll be in there with them. If we don't, then it'll be a long night." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman

Colton Sceviour -- Brian Boyle -- Mark Pysyk

Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: Jayce Hawryluk, Denis Malgin

Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (upper body), Chris Driedger (lower body)


Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Jason Zucker -- Victor Rask -- Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Jordan Greenway -- Ryan Donato -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Greg Pateryn

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Brad Hunt (illness), Mikko Koivu (illness)


Status report

Toninato returns after missing the game Saturday and not practicing Sunday because of an illness.  … Hunt, a defenseman, and Koivu, a forward, each skated Monday but are still recovering from illness and will not play.  


Stat pack

Hoffman has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in an eight-game point streak. … Barkov has six points (two goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Florida is the only team in the NHL with at least six players with 15 goals (Dadonov, 21; Huberdeau, Hoffman, 18; Acciari 17; Connolly, 16; Barkov, 15). …The Wild have a power-play goal in three straight games and have eight power-play goals in their past eight games. …Foligno has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past seven games. … Stalock is 7-1-1 at home this season.

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