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Thursday, October 16th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (2-0-0) at Florida Panthers (1-1-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The unbeaten Minnesota Wild will resume a three-game road trip tonight, when they pay a visit to the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.

Minnesota has won its first two games of the season and opened the trek with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday at Philips Arena. Antti Miettinen scored twice and Andrew Brunette added a goal and an assist for the Wild, who will also visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Marian Gaborik scored and goaltender Niklas Backstrom turned aside 24 of the 26 shots he faced in the win. The Wild, who won their first five games last season before capturing the Northwest Division title, placed defenseman Marek Zidlicky on injured reserve with an ankle injury Wednesday. Zidlicky suffered the injury in an exhibition game against Chicago on September 26, but the team decided to wait close to three weeks before putting him on IR.

To replace Zidlicky on the roster, Minnesota recalled 20-year-old right wing Cal Clutterbuck from Houston of the American Hockey League. In other injury news for Minnesota, Pierre-Marc Bouchard (back) and Owen Nolan (lower body) are listed as day-to-day.

Florida will continue its three-game homestand Thursday and is coming off a 3-2 overtime victory versus the Thrashers on Saturday. David Booth's goal with 1:06 left in the extra period lifted the Panthers, who will also welcome the New York Islanders to town.

Booth finished with a pair of goals and Stephen Weiss contributed a goal and an assist for Florida. Booth was one of the three players named as the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending October 12 with his effort. Keith Ballard and Richard Zednik both had two assists and Tomas Vokoun stopped 31-of-33 shots between the pipes.

The Panthers will attempt to put the brakes on a six-game losing streak to the Wild and record their first win in this series since February 7, 2001.

Minnesota has won three straight at Florida.

10/16 10:50:47 ET

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