December 5 postgame notes

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 27-19-14 all-time against Minnesota, a record that includes a home mark of 15-9-6. The win snapped the Wild’s seven-game point streak in the series (5-0-2) and was only the 11th game in the last 27 head-to-head meetings that was not decided by a single goal. These teams have two games remaining, March 19 at Xcel Energy Center and April 5 at Staples Center.

-With the win, the Kings improved to 6-5-3 against the Western Conference, 3-2-1 against the Central Division, 8-1 in three-goal games, 9-6-3 when their opponent scores the first goal, 7-1-0 when tied after the first period, 3-6-3 when trailing after two periods and 9-3-2 when outshooting their opponent.

-With the win, Los Angeles increased its winning streak to six games, their longest streak since November 28 – December 11, 2015 (six games).

-By outscoring the Wild 4-0 in the third period, the Kings increased their league-best third period goal differential to +27 (40 GF, 13 GA).

-Marian Gaborik (2-0=2) scored his 399th and 400th career goals and registered his 799th and 800th NHL points (400-400=800). He has six points (4-2=6) in seven games this season and eight points (5-3=8) in 12 career games against Minnesota, the team that selected him third overall in 2000. The Kings’ first four draft picks that year were Alexander Frolov, Andreas Lilja, Yanick Lehoux and Lubomir Visnovsky.

-Anze Kopitar (1-2=3) recorded his 500th career assist on Marian Gaborik’s 400th career goal. He is the fifth player in Kings history to reach the 500 assist mark with the team. He has six points (3-3=6) during his current three-game point streak, while his 34 points are tied for fifth in the NHL.

-Jake Muzzin (1-1=2) tallied his third goal and 18th point of the season. He scored his 42nd career goal, surpassing Bob Murdoch (41 goals) to move into 10th place all time among club defensemen. He is two goals behind Garry Galley (44) for ninth place all time among club defensemen.

-Drew Doughty, who recorded three assists, surpassed the 20-point mark (4-18=22), most among team-defensemen.

-Los Angeles attempted 53 shots (28 on goal, 13 blocked, 12 missed). Minnesota attempted 43 shots (21 on goal, 11 blocked, 11 missed). Tyler Toffoli led all skaters with five shots on goal, four of which were recorded in the first period.

-The Kings won 34-of-59 faceoffs (58%). Adrian Kempe won 4-of-8, Anze Kopitar won 14-of-24, Nick Shore won 7-of-14, Jussi Jokinen won 3-of-4, Tanner Pearson won 0-of-2 and Torrey Mitchell won 6-of-7.

The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11:00 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday, December 5.

-Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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