The Los Angeles Kings look to extend their league high six game winning streak and while their opponent will be looking to solidify their playoff standing.
TV: NBCSN; RADIO: KEIB AM 1150
This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs, and both have been very tight games. Los Angeles beat the Wild in Minnesota in a shootout on a winner by Anze Kopitar. The Wild returned the favor at Staples in January with Nino Niederreiter notching the shootout winner.
The Kings extended their winning streak to 5 games with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, while the Wild were ending a skid against the Phoenix Coyotes at the same time by a score of 3-1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dany Heatley, MIN – How the mighty have fallen, as the former 2 time 50 goal scorer has seen his production drop to the point where he might not even get to 15 this year. He is also a team-worst -18.
Marian Gaborik, LAK – The former Minnesota Wild player (he was their first ever draft pick), he is still their franchise leader in goals, and 2nd in points. Gaborik has 8 points in 12 games since coming over to the Kings from the Blue Jackets and has fit in nicely.
TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
1. Playoff Primer – This game means much more to the Wild in the grand scheme of things. They lead the 9th place Stars by just 4 points, and after tonight the Stars will have 2 games in hand. Adding two points would be huge for Minnesota.
2. More Scoring – The Kings have juggled their lines since the addition of Gaborik, and the overall mix seems to be working. They are up almost half a goal per game, while continuing their stellar defensive play.
3. Shut Down Koivu – The key to winning this game is to shut down Wild captain Mikko Koivu. He has been playing set-up man and most of the offense goes through him.