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Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings: Game 59

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Minnesota Wild (30-24-4) @ Los Angeles Kings (17-20-7)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: KSTC (12/45)
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

Miettinen - Koivu - Brunette
Bouchard - Belanger - Veilleux
Clutterbuck - Sheppard - Fritsche
Weller - Olvecky - Boogaard

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Zidlicky
Skoula - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Frolov - Kopitar - Simmonds
Calder - Handzus - Brown
O'Sullivan - Stoll - Purcell
Ivanans - Boyle - Zeiler

Quincey - Doughty
O'Donnell - Greene
Gauthier - Johnson

Quick
Ersberg

Notes

  • The Wild penalty kill unit has gone 21 for 21 in the past 5 games.
  • The Kings are 1-3-2 in their last six games
  • Los Angeles is 8-4-2 since they last played the Wild on January 20.
  • Jonathan Quick is 1-2-1 in his last five starts with a 3.37 GAA and Erik Ersberg is 0-3-2 in his last five appearances with a 3.19 GAA

Questions to Answer

  1. Can the Wild take advanatage of weak Kings goaltending, or will Quick/Ersberg rebound?
    With Nolan out, who will take the job of playing tough down low?
    Will Brunette make it all game?
    Can the Wild do what everyone else in the NHL has done this year and shut down the Kings?
    Consistency anyone?