Your Minnesota Wild will conclude an early season California road trip in a midday matinee at Staples Center in Los Angeles as they take on the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Wild are coming off a hard fought 2-1 loss to Anaheim in which they looked out of synch almost all game long.
Jason Zucker is on a roll with two goals in two games and will look to provide more offense from the 4th line next to Ryan Carter and Matt Cooke for the second game in a row. Mathew Dumba and Keith Ballard will be scratched as planned in lieu of Christian Folin and Nate Prosser.
Darcy Kuemper has allowed only 2 goals in three games and had 164 plus minutes of shutout hockey to start the year, but Yeo will make a change in net today as well.
"Backy is gonna start. We're real happy with Keump's game right now, but Backy had a great training camp too. We're a team and we want to make sure everyone feels a part of that team," Yeo said after practice yesterday.
Yeo is also changing up the power play units. Power play units are: Parise - Koivu - Vanek - Pominville - Suter, and Niederreiter - Granlund - Coyle - Spurgeon - Brodin.
"I think that that young group could really challenge the other group because they're really comfortable with each other...then you look at the personnel on that top group, and they should be a real dangerous group too," Yeo said about the change-up.
The Kings are 3-1 (7 pts) to start and are currently 3rd in the Pacific Division. They will be without Marian Gaborik (lower body), Tyler Toffoli, and Jake Muzzin. Jonathan Quick will be in between the pipes for them per usual. LA holds a 25-15-3 record all-time against the Wild but are 0-1-1 in their last two. The OT loss came in a shootout against Darcy Keumper.
Join in the game thread as the Wild and Kings start at 2 PM CST.