Anze Kopitar, on how the game got away:
Obviously it was the second period that got away from us again. I think first of all, not cashing in on that five-on-three, which was, what was it around, 45 seconds? That’s plenty of time to get a couple of really good scoring chances, and we didn’t do that, ... Read More
On a strong first shift of the game:
I thought we had a pretty good first period. Three posts, yeah.
On where the game got away:
Well, you’d like your power play to click, but that only would count for one, wouldn’t it? There were saves to be made there that weren’t, and I’m not sure which team ha... Read More
Minnesota Wild 6, Los Angeles Kings 3
SOG: LAK – 30; MIN – 26
PP: LAK – 0/5; MIN – 1/4
1) LAK - Tanner Pearson (1) (Jeff Carter), 0:50
2) MIN - Erik Haula (1) (Nino Niederreiter, Jason Pominville), 1:36
3) MIN - Jason Pominville (... Read More
26-year-old center Nic Dowd will make his season debut in a familiar environment tonight. Ditto for 33-year-old defenseman Tom Gilbert, a Bloomington, Minn. native who spent part of the 2011-12 and all of the 2012-13 season with the Wild, tonight’s opponent at the Xcel Energy Center (5:00 p.m. PT / ... Read More
Tanner Pearson isn’t Rocket Richard, but he did score 15 goals last season, 13 of which came during even strength play. On a Kings team in search of offense, his reappearance in the lineup is a welcome and needed addition.
“It’s definitely a good feeling,” said Pearson, who was suspended for two pr... Read More
On what Tom Gilbert can bring to the lineup:
We’ll see. Keep those veteran defensemen playing, and obviously a different type of player than Greener, but we’ll see. As I said, we signed him for the depth part of it and the right side part of it, and hopefully he can contribute.
On whether he’s “exc... Read More
Good afternoon from the bowels of Xcel Energy Center, where both the Wild and Kings have concluded their morning skates and are in the process of returning to their residences and hotel rooms to catch some shuteye in advance of tonight's game (5:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports Go / KABC 79... Read More
In crafting what should be a lengthy career as an NHL defenseman, the 5-foot-9 Jared Spurgeon has relied on his positioning, smarts and poise instead of typical professional hockey size. He's a right-side, prime minutes eater on a team that has qualified for the playoffs for four straight years and ... Read More
Good morning, upper Midwest, and good morning, Insiders.
Every year I talk a big game with my colleagues about how I'm going to rate the road cities in the Western Conference during the off-season, taking into account a variety of criteria such as in-arena WiFi, the view from the press box, the dis... Read More
What else is there to say? The Kings dominated the run of play, had the better looks with the man advantage and tilted the ice for the entire 60 minutes and lost 2-1 Tuesday night in St. Paul. That the team was without several key offensive cogs probably had an impact in the narrow loss, but if the ... Read More
-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 25-18-13 all-time against Minnesota, a record that includes an away mark of 12-9-7. The Wild now have points in 16 of the series’ last 20 games (12-4-4) to be played at Xcel Energy Center and won the season series for the third time in four seasons.
-The Kings... Read More