Game 75 Preview: Los Angeles at Minnesota - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (37-22-14) at Minnesota Wild (43-25-7)
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PT
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer, #38 Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: #57 Jay Sharrers, #88 Mike Cvik
Fox Sports West, NHL Network, KABC 790 AM

Los Angeles Kings v Minnesota Wild

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2014-15: 65 GP (64 GS) / 33-19-12 record / 2.26 GAA / .917 Sv% / 6 SHO
Career vs Minnesota: 16 (16) / 9-4-3 / 2.39 / .904 / 0
Last Game vs Minnesota: 10/19/14 / 60 MP / 40-41 shots / 2-1 W
2014-15, Away: 30 (30) / 13-11-6 / 2.54 / .909 / 1

Minnesota Projected Starting Goaltender – Devan Dubnyk
2014-15: 52 GP (49 GS) / 34-11-3 record / 2.07 GAA / .930 Sv% / 6 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 10 (9) / 4-4-1 / 2.38 / .927 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 12/20/14 / 59 MP / 31-35 shots / 2-4 L (w/ ARI)
2014-15, Home: 25 (24) / 15-8-1 / 2.15 / .922 / 2

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild

2014-15 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (16-44=60)
Goals: Jeff Carter (26-29=55)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (16-44=60)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+21; 22-21=43)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (83; 6-8=14)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (29:08; 5-36=41)
Corsi-For Percentage: Andrej Sekera (59.6%; 3-20=23)

2014-15 Minnesota Leaders
Total Points: Zach Parise (30-28=58)
Goals: Zach Parise (30-28=58)
Assists: Ryan Suter (2-34=36)
Plus/Minus: Jonas Brodin (+22; 3-14=17)
Penalty Minutes: Ryan Carter (53; 3-10=13)
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter (29:03; 2-34=36)
Corsi-For Percentage: Mikko Koivu (54.6%; 12-32=44)

Columbus Blue Jackets v Minnesota Wild

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 18 / 2.66; MIN – 11 / 2.81
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 5 / 2.39; MIN – 9 / 2.44
Power Play: LAK – t-11 / 18.8%; MIN – 27 / 15.4%
Penalty Kill: LAK – t-14 / 81.4%; MIN – 1 / 86.9%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-12 / 30.8; MIN – t-7 / 31.1
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 27.1; MIN – 4 / 27.5
Faceoffs: LAK – t-11 / 51.5%; MIN – 16 / 49.5%
Save Percentage: LAK – t-11 / .912; MIN – t-14 / .911
Corsi-For Percentage: LAK – 1 / 54.9%; MIN – t-13 / 51.4%

Los Angeles Kings v Minnesota Wild

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dwight King – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown – Nick Shore – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Mike Richards – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Andrej Sekera
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

Level of confidence in projected lineup: A. The lines above were shown during rushes at this morning’s skate. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start in net against Minnesota.

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 24-15-13 all-time against Minnesota, a record that includes a road mark of 12-7-7. The Kings are 5-2-3 in their last 10 visits to St. Paul. This is the final meeting between these teams in the regular season. Los Angeles is 2-0-0 thus far, having won at Staples Center 2-1 on October 19 and 4-0 at Xcel Energy Center on November 26. … The Kings are 21-11-10 against the Western Conference and 9-6-3 against the Central Division. … Los Angeles has power play goals in seven of the last 11 games, having gone 8-for-30 (26.7%) over that span. … The Kings have killed off 49 of the last 53 penalties, dating back to David Jones’ second period goal in the 5-3 win over Calgary on February 12. … Los Angeles is 6-0-1 in its last seven road games. … Tyler Toffoli leads the NHL in both short-handed goals (five) and short-handed points (six). He is the first King to register at least five shorthanded goals in a single season since Pavol Demitra (five) did so in 2005-06. … Dating back to February 7, Jonathan Quick is 16-4-2 with a 1.75 GAA, a .933 Sv% and three shutouts (1302:22 min / 565 shots against / 527 saves). … Anze Kopitar has points in five straight games (2-6=8) and 15 points (4-11=15) in his last 12 games. … Jake Muzzin (1-2=3) has points in three straight games. … With 198 career assists, Drew Doughty is two assists shy of 200. … Marian Gaborik is Minnesota’s all-time leader in goals (219), plus-minus (plus-54), power play goals (59), game-winning goals (43) and shots (1,694). He ranks second in Wild history with 437 points. He has three points (1-2=3) and a plus-six rating in six career games against his former team.

Vancouver Canucks v Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Projected Lines

Zach Parise – Mikael Granlund – Jason Pominville
Nino Niederreiter – Mikko Koivu – Chris Stewart
Thomas Vanek – Charlie Coyle – Justin Fontaine
Ryan Carter – Erik Haula – Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter – Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella – Jared Spurgeon
Jordan Leopold – Matt Dumba

Devan Dubnyk
Niklas Backstrom

Notes and milestones: Lines via NHL.com correspondent Dan Myers … Via Myers, Minnesota will be without Kyle Brodziak (upper body), Jason Zucker (IR / clavicle), Matt Cooke (IR / sports hernia), Nate Prosser (lower body) and Keith Ballard (IR / concussion/facial fractures), while Sean Bergenheim, Christian Folin and Darcy Kuemper are expected to be scratched. … With 99 career points (26-73=99), Jared Spurgeon is one point shy of 100 in his career. … Mikko Koivu has 114 multi-point games, tied with Marian Gaborik for the franchise record. … Minnesota leads the NHL with a 25-6-2 record since January 15 and has an NHL-best 47 points (23-5-1) since the All-Star Break. … The Wild will play the second game of a season-long five-game homestand. Minnesota defeated Calgary 4-2 last night. … Minnesota hasn’t lost by more than one goal since January 19. … The Wild have killed off 73-of-78 power plays since the All-Star Break (93.6%). … Minnesota is 5-2-4 on the second night of back-to-back sets. … Devan Dubnyk is expected to make his 34th consecutive start with Minnesota. Since being traded from Arizona, he is 25-6-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average, .938 save percentage, five shutouts and two assists. He has allowed two goals or less in 25 of his 33 games with the Wild. … With his 30th goal of the season last night, Zach Parise became the only active American player to have six 30-goal seasons since 2005-06. He has 12 points (5-7=12) in his last 11 games.

Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild

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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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