Game 73 Preview: Los Angeles at Minnesota - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (44-23-5) at Minnesota Wild (34-28-11)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 5 p.m. PT
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Referees: #23 Brad Watson, #22 Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: #78 Brian Mach, #56 Mark Wheler
NBCSN, KABC 790 AM, I Heart Radio

Los Angeles Kings v Minnesota Wild

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick*
2015-16: 59 GP (59 GS) / 37-18-4 record / 2.16 GAA / .921 Sv% / 4 SHO
Career vs Minnesota: 19 (19) / 10-6-3 / 2.40 / .904 / 0
Last Game vs Minnesota: 1/21/16 / 60 MP / 25-28 shots / 3-0 L
2015-16, Away: 25 (25) / 16-7-2 / 2.07 / .933 / 3
*The Kings do not announce starting goaltenders and did not hold a morning skate.

Minnesota Projected Starting Goaltender – Devan Dubnyk
2015-16: 58 GP (57 GS) / 28-22-6 record / 2.38 GAA / .917 Sv% / 4 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 11 (10) / 5-4-1 / 2.25 / .931 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 3/28/15 / 60 MP / 31-32 shots / 4-1 W
2015-16, Home: 28 (28) / 15-10-2 / 2.15 / .923 / 4

New York Islanders v Minnesota Wild

2015-16 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (24-43=67)
Goals: Tyler Toffoli (26-22=48)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (24-43=67)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+32; 24-43=67)
Penalty Minutes: Brayden McNabb (84; 2-7=9)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (28:12; 14-32=46)
Corsi-For Percentage: Nick Shore (61.2%; 3-7=10)

2015-16 Minnesota Leaders
Total Points: Mikko Koivu (16-33=49)
Goals: Charlie Coyle (21-18=39)
Assists: Ryan Suter (8-38=46)
Plus/Minus: Erik Haula (+18; 11-17=28)
Penalty Minutes: Ryan Carter (46; 7-4=11)
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter (28:46; 8-38=46)
Corsi-For Percentage: Nino Niederreiter (55.4%; 18-22=40)

Los Angeles Kings v Minnesota Wild

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-12 / 2.72; MIN – 16 / 2.62
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 2 / 2.26; MIN – 11 / 2.52
Power Play: LAK – t-8 / 20.6%; MIN – 14 / 18.9%
Penalty Kill: LAK – t-14 / 81.3%; MIN – 27 / 77.5%
Shots/Game: LAK – 3 / 32.0; MIN – 20 / 29.2
Shots Against/Game: LAK – t-4 / 27.7; MIN – 7 / 28.7
Faceoffs: LAK – t-10 / 50.3%; MIN – 3 / 52.2%
Save Percentage: LAK – t-4 / .918; MIN – t-16 / .912
Corsi-for Percentage: LAK – 1 / 55.9% / MIN – 21 / 48.1%

New Jersey Devils v Minnesota Wild

Los Angeles Projected Lines

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

Rob Scuderi – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez
Brayden McNabb – Luke Schenn

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 25-17-13 all-time against Minnesota, a record that includes an away mark of 12-8-7. Six of the last 19 games between the teams have been decided in a shootout. … The Kings are 24-14-2 against the Western Conference and 10-5-2 against the Central Division. … Nic Dowd was recalled from AHL-Ontario on Tuesday. The 25-year-old center has 13 goals, 47 points and a +12 rating in 57 games with the Reign this season. … Los Angeles is 9-1-1 on the second half of back-to-back sets. The final back-to-back of the season will take place on April 4 and 5 in Vancouver and Calgary. … Nick Shore’s next game will be the 100th of his NHL career. … Anze Kopitar has points in six straight games (4-5=9) and 15 points (6-9=15) in the last 11 games. His +32 rating leads the league. … With 46 points, Drew Doughty has tied his point total from last season, which is tied for the second highest point total of his career. His career-high is 59 points (16-43=59), set in 2009-10. The 16 goals from 2009-10 remains his career-high. In 27 games since January 24, he has seven goals, 22 points and a +9 rating. … With 10 goals, Alec Martinez is one goal shy of his career-high, set in 2013-14.

Edmonton Oilers v Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Projected Lines

Jason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Charlie Coyle
Zach Parise – Mikael Granlund – David Jones
Nino Niederreiter – Erik Haula – Justin Fontaine
Chris Porter – Jarret Stoll – Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella – Jonas Brodin
Mike Reilly – Matt Dumba

Devan Dubnyk
Darcy Kuemper

Notes and milestones: Wild lines via Dan Myers of NHL.com … Minnesota is expected to be without Jason Pominville (lower-body) and Ryan Carter (upper-body), while Thomas Vanek is expected to be a healthy scratch. … The Wild have points in 15 of the last 19 games against the Kings at Xcel Energy Center (11-4-4). … Erik Haula has points in five straight games (2-3=5). Turning 25 on Wednesday, he has already set career-highs in goals (11), assists (17) and points (28), and leads Minnesota with a +18 rating. … Nino Niederreiter has points in a career-high five straight games (4-3=7). … Ryan Suter’s 38 assists are the most by a defenseman in franchise history, eclipsing Marek Zidlicky’s 37 in 2010-11. … The Wild is tied for the league lead with the Blackhawks for the most players to have reached double-digits in goals with 11. … Interim Head Coach John Torchetti served as an interim coach of the Kings in 2005-06, going 5-7-0. Torchetti is 11-6-1 with Minnesota. … 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.

Arizona Coyotes 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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