The Minnesota Wild continue to roll after beating the Calgary Flames Friday night in a 4-2 victory. The Wild, winners of 4 in a row and 10 of their last 13 games in the month of March, will face the surging Los Angeles Kings AT 7 pm CT. The Kings are currently on a five game road trip that saw them take on the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders, Minnesota, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Los Angeles has beating the three teams out east and now will head to the Central time zone to take on the Wild.
Los Angeles arrived in St. Paul on Friday evening and watched the Wild help them out with a victory over the Flames, whom the Kings overtook in the Pacific Division standings. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will start his 14th consecutive game and at the other end, Devan Dubnyk will start his 33rd game in a row for the Wild. Quick is just behind the Wild goaltender with a .916 save percentage. Devan Dubnyk? Oh he has a season save percentage of .930.
The Kings own the 11th best power play in the league with a 18.8 percent convergence rate. Minnesota is 27th best with a 15.4 percent clip, but they did score on the power play on Friday night. Minnesota's 86.9 percent on the penalty is good for the league's best while LA's is ranked 14th with a 81.4 percent kill rate.
The Kings are tops in the league in 5-on-5 possession by controlling the shot attempts with a 54.9 percent clip. the Wild are at 51.4 percent. Minnesota will have to avoid getting hemmed into their own zone by the Kings by using their mobile defensemen and getting the puck up and out to the forwards. AS long as they can keep the Kings from owning the puck, the Wild should be successful.
Minnesota is 0-2 against the Kings this season and have been out-scored 6-1 in those games combined. However, Dubnyk is 1-1 against the Kings in three games started against them with a 2.84 GAA and .917 sv%. This is the third and final match-up between these two teams for the regular season.