Game 46 Preview: Los Angeles vs Minnesota - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (29-13-3) vs Minnesota Wild (22-16-8)
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m. PT
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #45 Jon McIsaac, #5 Chris Rooney
Linesmen: #55 Shane Heyer, #91 Don Henderson
Fox Sports West, KABC 790 AM, I Heart Radio

Minnesota Wild v Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2015-16: 38 GP (38 GS) / 26-10-2 record / 2.10 GAA / .923 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs Minnesota: 18 (18) / 10-5-3 / 2.37 / .904 / 1
Last Game vs Minnesota: 10/16/15 / 62 MP / 25-26 shots / 2-1 OTW
2015-16, Home: 22 (22) / 14-7-1 / 2.17 / .913 / 1

Minnesota Projected Starting Goaltender – Darcy Kuemper
2015-16: 10 GP (9 GS) / 4-1-4 record / 2.12 GAA / .923 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 4 (3) / 1-1-1 / 2.35 / .919 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 10/16/15 / 62 MP / 35-37 shots / 1-2 OTL
2015-16, Away: 5 (5) / 1-0-3 / 2.24 / .917 / 1

Dallas Stars v Minnesota Wild

2015-16 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (13-27=40)
Goals: Tyler Toffoli (22-14=36)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (13-27=40)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+28; 22-14=36)
Penalty Minutes: Brayden McNabb (57; 2-5=7)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (27:59; 8-18=26)
Corsi-For Percentage: Nick Shore (61.1%; 2-4=6)

2015-16 Minnesota Leaders
Total Points: Mikko Koivu (10-23=33)
Goals: Zach Parise (16-11=27)
Assists: Ryan Suter (6-24=30)
Plus/Minus: Ryan Suter (+9; 6-24=30)
Penalty Minutes: Ryan Carter (36; 4-2=6)*
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter (28:22; 6-24=30)
Corsi-For Percentage: Nino Niederreiter (56.1%; 8-12=20)
*On injured reserve; active leader: Nate Prosser (26; 0-2=2)

Minnesota Wild v Los Angeles Kings

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 14 / 2.64; MIN – 20 / 2.48
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 2 / 2.20; MIN – t-7 / 2.35
Power Play: LAK – 5 / 21.5%; MIN – t-24 / 16.5%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 9 / 82.4%; MIN – 21 / 79.6%
Shots/Game: LAK – 3 / 32.0; MIN – 25 / 28.5
Shots Against/Game: LAK – t-6 / 28.2; MIN – 9 / 28.7
Faceoffs: LAK – t-16 / 50.0%; MIN – t-5 / 51.2%
Save Percentage: LAK – 4 / .922; MIN – t-9 / .918
Corsi-For Percentage: LAK – 1 / 55.9%; MIN – 20 / 48.7%

Minnesota Wild v Tampa Bay Lightning

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Milan Lucic – Anze Kopitar – Tyler Toffoli
Marian Gaborik – Vincent Lecavalier – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Trevor Lewis – Dustin Brown
Andy Andreoff – Nick Shore – Tanner Pearson

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez – Jamie McBain
Brayden McNabb – Luke Schenn

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Notes and milestones: Jordan Nolan could play; he would replace Andy Andreoff, which would flip Tanner Pearson to the left side. … Los Angeles is 25-16-13 all-time against Minnesota, a record that includes a home mark of 13-8-6. Six of the last 18 games between the teams have been decided in a shootout; when the teams met on October 16 at Staples Center, the Kings won 2-1 in overtime. The season series will conclude on March 22 at the Xcel Energy Center. … Los Angeles is 16-7-1 against the Western Conference and 7-2-1 against the Central Division. … Jake Muzzin has points in a career-long eight games (1-7=8). According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the longest point streak by a Kings defenseman since Lubomir Visnovsky recorded a nine-game streak (1-11=12) from December 10-28, 2005. It is also the longest point streak overall by a King since Dustin Brown recorded a 10-game point streak from February 25 – March 16, 2012 (5-10=15). Muzzin has assists in five consecutive games. … Tyler Toffoli has posted an even-or-better rating in 30 consecutive games. He has been a minus-player only twice this year (10/13/15 L vs VAN; 11/10/15 L vs ARI) and leads the league with a plus-28 rating. He has points in four straight games (3-2=5) and is tied for sixth in the league with 22 goals. … Anze Kopitar (0-2=2) has points in five straight games, assists in four straight games and 20 points (4-16=20) in the last 12 games. … Milan Lucic has points in five straight games (1-5=6). … Vincent Lecavalier has power play goals in three straight games. The three-game goal streak is his longest since January 27 – February 1, 2013 while with Tampa Bay. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first King to register a power-play goal in three consecutive games since Marian Gaborik did so from December 16-22, 2014. … Jeff Carter has assists in three straight games (1-3=4). … Jonathan Quick is 16-3-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage over his last 21 games (1360:05 minutes / 604 SA / 563 SV), dating back to the 3-1 win at Florida on November 23. With 40 career shutouts, he is tied with John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek for the most shutouts ever by a United States-born goalie. … With 456 career points (211-245=456), Dustin Brown is one point behind Mike Murphy (457 points) for 11th place on the franchise’s all-time list. In his last nine games, he has no points, a minus-four rating and 14 shots on goal. … Marian Gaborik is Minnesota’s all-time leader in goals (219), plus-minus (+54), power play goals (59) and game-winning goals (43) and ranks second in points (437) and shots (1,694). Selected second overall by the Wild in 2000, he appeared in 502 games with the organization from 2000-09. … Celebrating birthdays today are Jonathan Quick (30) and Brayden McNabb (25).

Minnesota Wild v Columbus Blue Jackets

Minnesota Projected Lines

Zach Parise – Mikael Granlund – Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Thomas Vanek
Nino Niederreiter – Charlie Coyle – Jordan Schroeder
Erik Haula – Jarret Stoll – Chris Porter

Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Matt Dumba
Marco Scandella – Nate Prosser

Darcy Kuemper
Devan Dubnyk

Notes and milestones:
Lines via NHL.com correspondent Curtis Zupke … The Wild is expected to be without Ryan Carter (hand), who is on injured reserve. … Minnesota, which opened the season 10-3-2 and 17-7-6, has lost five consecutive games in regulation. … The Wild’s power play is 1-for-32 over the last 16 games and 0-for-24 over the last 11. … Minnesota is 2-4-3 on the second game of back-to-back sets this season. … The Wild is 19-4-2 when scoring first, 12-1-1 when leading after the first period and 15-0-1 when leading after the second period. … Today is Ryan Suter’s 31st birthday. He ranks second in the league with an ice time average of 28:22 per game. … Darcy Kuemper appeared in eight games for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign in 2011-12, going 7-1-0 with a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. … Jarret Stoll appeared in 506 games with Los Angeles from 2008-15, totaling 81 goals, 133 assists, 214 points, 344 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating. He will become the second player to have won two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles to face his former club, joining Willie Mitchell.

Minnesota Wild  v Nashville Predators

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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