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Minnesota Wild @ Los Angeles Kings: Game 28

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Minnesota Wild (15-11-1) @ Los Angeles Kings (12-12-4)

Staples Center @ 3:00 CST

Television: FSN
Listen live on WCCO.com
, or locally at 830 AM

For the Kings perspective, check out Battle of California

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Los Angeles Kings

Veilleux - Koivu - Mittens
Brunette - Gillies - Bouchard
Burns - Sheppard - Gilles
Weller - Pouliot - Boogaard

Johnsson - Schultz
Zidlicky - Skoula
Reitz - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Calder - Stoll - Brown
O'Sullivan - Kopitar - Purcell
Handzus - Armstrong - Frolov
Ivanans - Richardson - Simmonds

O'Donnell - Doughty
Quincey - Greene
Gauthier - Harrold

LaBarbera
Ersberg


Minnesota Wild Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Owen Nolan right leg 12.13.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marian Gaborik lower body 10.15.2008
Kurtis Foster left leg surgery 9.20.2008


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brad Richardson lacerated foot 12.13.2008
Drew Doughty undisclosed 12.13.2008
Derek Armstrong upper body 12.13.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jack Johnson shoulder surgery 10.13.2008
Marc-Andre Cliche separated shoulder 9.23.2008

Notes

  • The Wild have scored two goals in losing three straight, and are in danger of dropping four in a row in regulation for the first time since Nov. 20-28, 2003.
  • Wild record against the Kings: 13-7-8 (7-3-4 at Staples Center)
  • Minnesota is 7-0-1 against the Kings over the last two seasons
  • Anze Kopitar has four goals and two assists in his last four games.
  • The Wild are 2nd in the NHL on the power play, (24.4%), but are last in the NHL with 40 even-strength goals in 27 games.

Questions to Answer

  1. Can anyone convince the offense to awaken?
    Will Brown and Kopitar continue to play well now that they've been split up?
    Can someone please page Andrew Brunette? I think he's lost.
    Who, aside from Kopitar, will impress the Wild enough to be considered a target for the Gaborik trade?
  2. Will O'Sullivan get payback?