Wild-Los Angeles game preview
- December 7, 2011 - 9:46 PM
Preview: The Wild got its first regulation victory at San Jose since Oct. 21, 2006, on Tuesday and now plays in L.A., where the Kings beat Minnesota 5-2 on Nov. 12. The Wild will set a team record if it wins its sixth consecutive on the road. The Kings, the lowest-scoring team in the NHL (2.26 goals a game), have lost four of their past six.
Players to watch: Wild leading scorer Mikko Koivu has points in nine of his past 10 games (four goals, 13 points). He has 19 points in 20 games against the Kings. LW/RW Casey Wellman is on a career-best three-game point streak. Kings C Jarrett Stoll has 20 points in 37 games against the Wild, while C Anze Kopitar has 16 points in 21 games vs. Minnesota.
Numbers: Of the Wild's 18 victories, 12, have come after trailing 1-0 (first in the NHL), including the past four road wins. ... The Wild has won nine consecutive one-goal games and is 11-2-3 in one-goal games. ... The Kings have scored two or fewer goals in six consecutive games, and in 19 of 27 games.
Injuries: Wild G Niklas Backstrom (groin) is probable; G Josh Harding (neck) is questionable; RW/LW Devin Setoguchi (leg), D Justin Falk (upper body), D Marek Zidlicky (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out. Kings C Mike Richards (upper body) and LW Scott Parse (hip) are out; RW Justin Williams (hand), D Willie Mitchell (lower body) and D Alex Martinez (upper body) are questionable.
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