Good afternoon from the Prudential Center, where the Wild tries to snap a three-game losing streak tonight against the New Jersey Devils.

There’s a chance fellow Long Islander Kevin (sorry) Keith Kinkaid may make his first NHL start. The 25-year-old undrafted former Union goalie from Farmingdale, N.Y., is 0-1 in two appearances with a 2.22 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. Devils coach Pete DeBoer plans to divulge later on whether Kinkaid or Cory Schneider starts. He gave up four goals in a loss last night in Boston.

As coach Mike Yeo said after Monday’s practice in Minneapolis, Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon won’t play tonight. They are both on the trip just so they could skate with the team this morning with the hope of accelerating their return. Also, they spent a lot of time on the ice well after their teammates left the rink shooting pucks at Josh Harding, who got a good workload in. The Wild will have a better sense in the next few days how close Harding is to coming off suspension and a return. He’ll almost 100 percent require a conditioning stint with Iowa after not playing a game since Dec. 31.

Yeo said there’s a chance Parise and Spurgeon return Thursday at home against Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick, Torrey Mitchell and the Buffalo Sabres, but that will largely depend on how they feel after today’s hard skate and a practice Wednesday.

Rookie defensemen Matt Dumba and Christian Folin, who each made mistakes that led to the first and second goals by Montreal on Saturday night, won’t play tonight. Nate Prosser will go back to the second pair with Marco Scandella and Jon Blum will make his season debut on the third pair with Keith Ballard. Blum hasn’t played in a few weeks, so he’ll have to carve off some rust. He had been scratched in four straight since his Oct. 31 callup from Iowa.