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Sunday, November 3rd (All times Eastern)

New Jersey Devils (3-6-4) at Minnesota Wild (7-4-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Parise gets his first look at his former team on Sunday when the Minnesota Wild welcome the New Jersey Devils for a clash at Xcel Energy Center.

Parise was a first-round draft pick (17th overall) by the Devils in 2003 and he totaled 194 goals and 410 points in 502 regular-season games in New Jersey before leaving to sign a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Wild in the summer of 2012.

"I was pretty fortunate to play with some really good players there, some Hall of Famers there," Parise told the Wild's official web site of his former club. "You learn things about the way they compete, the way they play the game and the way they handle themselves away from the rink. There you learn it's a team game."

The former Devils captain has recorded 24 goals and 24 assists in his first 62 games in Minnesota, but admits to having the pre-game jitters heading into Sunday's clash.

"I'll still definitely be nervous for it," the 29-year-old Parise said. "But I think since we didn't play them last year and one year passed, it will be a little different. Still it will be the first time playing them, it will be pretty nerve wracking."

Parise's club enters Sunday having notched wins in four of their last five games. Minnesota last played on Friday when it recorded a 4-3 win over visiting Montreal.

Jason Pominville scored the game-winner for the Wild with 5:28 to play on Friday, putting home a puck that came to him after a deflection in front by Parise, who has six goals and 10 points for the Wild this season.

Pominville scored twice and added an assist while Nino Niederreiter and Justin Fontaine each had a goal for the Wild. Josh Harding gave up three goals on 31 shots.

"We talked a lot earlier in the year about finishing and they did a good job tonight," said Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo. "We have guys here who are capable of taking advantage of the opportunities presented to them and we saw that tonight."

The Wild began a four-game homestand by losing a 5-1 decision Monday against Chicago, but rebounded nicely in Friday's win over the Habs. Minnesota is 5-1-2 as the host this season and will welcome Calgary for the finale of this homestand on Tuesday.

The Devils will try to bounce back Sunday after losing a close home decision last night against Philadelphia. New Jersey had won two straight for the first time this season before falling 1-0 to the visiting Flyers on Saturday.

New Jersey won consecutive games for the first time this season when it posted recent victories against Boston and Tampa Bay, but the Devils couldn't get one past Flyers goaltender Ray Emery on Saturday. Despite having five chances with the man advantage, New Jersey managed to put just 14 shots on goal in the 1-0 setback.

Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in defeat for the Devils, who were shut out for the third time this season.

"The Flyers played really well, but we have to find ways to break them a little bit more," Brodeur said. "We had two power plays in the last 10 minutes of the game. Did we get a shot? I'm not sure. That's not good enough."

The Devils hope the return of goaltender Cory Schneider can get them back on track Sunday. Schneider missed the past three games with a lower-body injury but is expected to see his first action since Oct. 24 in tonight's game.

Although his record this season is 1-3-2, Schneider is sporting a solid 2.14 goals against average and .915 save percentage over six games. The former Vancouver Canucks netminder is 6-4-0 with a 2.13 GAA in 11 career outings against the Wild.

New Jersey once again will be without forward Patrik Elias on Sunday after he missed yesterday's game with upper-body soreness. Fellow forward Travis Zajac also expects to sit out a second straight game after injuring his right ankle in practice on Friday.

The Devils are 1-5-2 as the road club this season and are beginning a three- game trip on Sunday. New Jersey also is set to visit Philadelphia and Toronto during the swing.

Minnesota has claimed two straight against the Devils, but New Jersey has won twice in its last two trips to St. Paul.

These teams are scheduled to meet one more time this season when the Devils host Parise and the Wild on March 20.

11/03 10:36:15 ET

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Local
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Wednesday
ROC
DUR
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
HOU 4
BAL 1
Final
KAN 1
NYY 5
Final
MIA 1
PIT 5
Final
WAS 2
CHC 3
Final
CWS 9
TOR 10
Final
COL 1
CIN 2
Final
PHI 4
NYM 5
Final
SEA 7
TAM 6
Final
TEX 4
CLE 3
8th
BOS 1
MIN 2
 
Final
SFG 6
MIL 3
Final
ARI 4
STL 6
5th
DET 1
OAK 0
 
5th
SDP 0
ANA 0
 
5th
ATL 0
LOS 6
 
12:10pm Wednesday
TEX
CLE
 
12:35pm Wednesday
COL
CIN
 
12:35pm Wednesday
MIA
PIT
 
12:37pm Wednesday
CWS
TOR
 
1:05pm Wednesday
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Wednesday
BOS
MIN
 
1:10pm Wednesday
PHI
NYM
 
1:10pm Wednesday
SEA
TAM
 
1:40pm Wednesday
SFG
MIL
 
3:35pm Wednesday
DET
OAK
 
4:35pm Wednesday
HOU
BAL
 
8:05pm Wednesday
WAS
CHC
 
8:15pm Wednesday
ARI
STL
 
10:05pm Wednesday
SDP
ANA
 
10:10pm Wednesday
ATL
LOS
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
Final
ATL 88
CLE 118
9:00pm Wednesday
HOU
GSW
 
8:30pm Thursday
CLE
ATL
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
8:30pm Saturday
ATL
CLE
 
Final
NYR 7
TAM 3
8:00pm Wednesday
ANA
CHI
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Wednesday
ROC
DUR
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR