#mnwild has recalled Jordan Schroeder. Maybe infuse some much-needed speed tonight. Worth trying anything at this point— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 21, 2016
On the heels of a back-to-back the Minnesota Wild must turn their attention to the Los Angeles Kings tonight. Last night Mike Yeo was leaning towards Darcy Kuemper to start tonight and I would guess he gets the nod. Jordan Schroeder was also recalled, will he dress tonight? We don't know yet, if he does it probably means Justin Fontaine or Erik Haula will be scratched. Minnesota is 2-4-3 in the second game of back-to-back. Last night the Wild dropped their five straight game and despite scoring first, Minnesota did not light the lamp again. Minnesota's lone goal came from the fourth line too. The other nine forwards did not make much of an impression. Thomas Vanek (in the midst of a terrible slump) had an awful game being a minus-three with zero shots on goal for the third straight game. Its no secret that 26 is an unsung hero of mine but he has to make better decision with the puck. The back checking is not going to be there, so those offensive-zone turnovers have to stop. The power play is still struggling along going 0-3 last night. Granted the Ducks have had a very successful penalty kill lately, but it was cringing to watch.
The Los Angeles Kings
/San Fransisco Giants have picked up with their theme of being a threat every other year. They sit comfortably in first place by a twelve point margin. Jonathan Quick has been a brick wall and the Kings defense has been one of the best in the league posting the second best goals against average. Vincent Lecavalier was acquired a few weeks ago from Philly and has risen from the dead to give the team even more offense. Fresh off a new contract Anze Kopitar is currently on a five-game point streak and has 20 points (4-16=20) in the last 12 games.
Kuemper is 1-1-1 with a 2.35 GAA and a .919 SV% in four games (three starts)
Jonathan Quick and Ryan Suter both have birthdays today. So there's that.
Minnesota is 9-6-3 in its last 18 games against Los Angeles with six of the games decided in a shootout.