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From the Rink: Wild and Panthers set to tangle Thursday in St. Paul

Minnesota aims to build on 7-1 victory against Montreal here on Tuesday

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Hello once again from downtown St. Paul as the Wild continues its four-game homestand tonight against the Florida Panthers at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild will try to continue a trend of success on home ice against the Panthers, who are one of just two teams (Vegas) that does not have a regulation win at Xcel Energy Center. 

Over its past 10 games versus Florida in St. Paul, the Wild has posted a 9-0-1 record, its longest active home point streak against an NHL team.

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Sleepless for Seattle? Fenton, Wild begin prep for NHL's 32nd team

Expansion Draft plans are already taking shape, but much will change between now and 2021

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- For Wild General Manager Paul Fenton, the planning for expansion begins right now. 

The NHL announced last week that Seattle would join the League as its 32nd franchise, beginning in time for the 2021-22 season. And while the Expansion Draft is still some 2 1/2 years away, the official announcement of a new team will have Fenton and his staff working overtime to begin preparation for the event.

Much will change with the Wild between now and then -- it always does when a new GM comes to town -- but that won't stop Fenton from looking at aspects of the process that could affect the club when that time comes.

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Off the Ice: Nino Niederreiter and Matt Dumba

Duo has joined forces this season to help ACES and Boys and Girls Club

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

Each month, Wild.com profiles a different player's endeavors away from the rink. This story also appears in the December issue of Wild Magazine.

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba and Nino Niederreiter share a connection with kids so it was a no brainer for each of them when they decided to team up as "Squad224" to help Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) and the Boys and Girls Club treat 200 students the NHL experience of a lifetime. Both equally share a love of helping others and being around family during the holiday season. 

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Wild to host Toys for Tots drive Tuesday, Dec. 18

Marines will be at Gates 1-4 from 4:45 p.m. until midway through the first period to collect new, unused toys and monetary donations

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild will host a Toys for Tots drive on Tuesday, Dec. 18 when the team takes on the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. U.S. Marines will be at Gates 1-4 from 4:45 p.m. until midway through the first period to collect new, unused toys and monetary donations.

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Dubnyk's second-period stand allows Wild to open the flood gates

Goaltender responds with 29-save effort as special teams powers Minnesota past Montreal on Tuesday

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- There's bound to be plenty of heroes in a 7-1 win.

The Wild had its fair share on Tuesday: Matt Dumba scored a pair of goals. Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund had three-point nights. Nino Niederreiter, Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter each had two points.

But at the end of the day, it was goaltender Devan Dubnyk with the St. Paul Police Sergeant's hat in his locker, awarded the "hero of the game" by his teammates.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 7, Canadiens 1

Minnesota opens its four-game homestand in style with win over Montreal on Tuesday

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 7-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night:

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From the Rink: Wild opens homestand Tuesday against Canadiens

Minnesota has won its past seven against Montreal, including five-straight in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Good day from downtown St. Paul, where the Wild is set to begin a four-game homestand at Xcel Energy Center, beginning tonight, when Minnesota hosts the Montreal Canadiens. 

The game marks the first time this season the clubs have faced off against each other; the two teams will play again in less than a month at Bell Centre on Jan. 7.

The Wild enters the game looking to turn the tide following consecutive losses against Calgary and Edmonton, the final two contests of a three-game road trip last week through Western Canada. 

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Montreal

Four-game homestand kicks off Tuesday against Canadiens

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (15-12-2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (15-10-5)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North; FOX Sports app

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Kunin aims to fill void left behind by Koivu

Rookie forward had three goals and six points in last four games with Iowa

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Nine months after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, Wild forward Luke Kunin will return to the scene of the incident on Tuesday when Minnesota hosts the Montreal Canadiens at Xcel Energy Center.

Recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Sunday, Kunin will try and help fill the void left behind by Mikko Koivu, who will miss the next stretch of days with a lower-body injury. 

Koivu is officially listed as day-to-day.

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