Wild-Los Angeles game preview
- March 31, 2012 - 1:03 AM
Preview: The Wild broke a three-game losing streak with its overtime win vs. Florida on Thursday. After Saturday's game, the Wild will play two games on the road before returning for two home games to end the season.
Players to watch: C Mikko Koivu has three points in his past two games, including Thursday's overtime winner. D Tom Gilbert assisted on the Wild's final two goals Thursday. W/C Erik Christensen has five goals in the past nine games, including the goal that sent Thursday's game into overtime. G Niklas Backstrom is 5-5-3 all-time vs. L.A. G Josh Harding is 2-3-0. C Anze Kopitar had 13 points in 13 games in March entering Friday's game. RW Justin Williams had nine points in his past 10 games.
Numbers: Just three players (Kyle Brodziak, Dany Heatley and Darroll Powe) have played in every game for the Wild this season. The Wild power play is 5-for-19 the past seven games and ranks fifth in the NHL since March 17.
Injuries: Wild LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), D Jared Spurgeon (concussion), D Mike Lundin (hernia), Matt Kassian (groin) and C Matt Cullen (broken finger) are out. For L.A., LW Scott Parse (hip surgery) and LW Simon Gagne (concussion) are out. C Jeff Carter (ankle) was listed as doubtful for Friday's game.
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