– The Wild were 2-1-0 against the Kings last season.
– The Wild have won 11 straight home openers.
– Anze Kopitar was held without a goal in the final 16 games of last season.
The Kings will try to start their season off on the right foot later tonight when they take on the Minnesota Wild. This is the first game of the season for both teams so they maybe a little preseason rust for both teams to shake off early in the game.
The Kings are returning for the ’13-’14 season with very much of the same roster that took to the ice during the lock out shortened season.
A key aspect that will make a major difference this season compared to last season is the health of goalie Jonathan Quick. Quick entered last season recovering from off-season back surgery. Not the ideal situation when you have a shortened pre-season and training camp.
Now that Quick has fully recovered from the surgery and has had a full training camp to get into regular season form, we may see Quick back at the level of play that won him the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy.
The Kings’ back end could receive a boost with a return by Willie Mitchell who missed the majority of last season with a knee injury. Mitchell is listed as questionable for tonight’s game.
Keeping up with injuries, Dustin Brown is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.
The Kings hope Jeff Carter will continue to flex his offensive muscles like he did last season where he lead the team with 26 goals in 48-games.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Kings after tonight’s game and will travel to Winnipeg and play the Jets tomorrow night.