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Kings @ Wild; Line Cominbations, Notes, Key Figures

Same Wild lineup tonight against the Kings

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Line Combinations

Tonight the Minnesota Wild can put themselves back in the playoff picture with a win over the Los Angeles Kings. Obviously not a very easy task considering the Kings are having a phenomenal season but hey, we can dream! Same lineup for the Wild tonight. So no Thomas Vanek and Devan Dubnyk will start. Torch wants to get Vanek back in the lineup but Minnesota is winning (in shootouts) and you shouldn't fix what isn't broken. As someone who has been the biggest 26 cheerleader on this site, I have no problem with that. Zach Parise however is still snake-bitten and man has it been tough to watch. He has a better game on Sunday in Chicago, no doubt but it's been touch. It is very similar to what Jason Pominville went through earlier this year. Torch has even floated the idea on putting him with Erik Haula and Nino Niederreiter (the best thing Minnesota has going for them offensively) to spark his game. Speaking of Jason Pominville he should be back soon, hopefully by the time Minnesota visits Denver on Saturday.

Los Angeles Notes

The Kings had a death drip on the pacific division all season long but all of the sudden the Sharks and Ducks are breathing right down their necks. The division is still there's to lose, but things have really picked up over the last month. LA is riding the heels of a back-to-back after being defeated by Nashville last night 5-2. But for whatever reason, the Kings are nearly unbeatable in these situations. They own a 9-1-1 on the second night of back-to-backs which is a just a weird circumstance but hey they are one of the best teams in the league for a reason. Jonathan Quick will probably start again tonight and is one win away from 250 career NHL wins.

Key Figures

The Wild is 11-6-3 in its last 20 games against Los Angeles

Minnesota has not allowed a power-play goal since March 5, stopping all 13 opponent attempts over the last six games.

Devan Dubnyk is 7-1-1 in his last 10 games dating back to Feb. 28.