9 p.m. at Los Angeles Kings • Staples Center • NBCSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild (13-10-3) embarks on a three-game West Coast road trip starting Tuesday at the Kings (17-8-3). Before the week is out, the Wild will have faced the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks as well. In its past 23 games against the Kings, the Wild is 13-6-4.
Quotable: “For the last seven years, bar maybe a year with L.A., three great teams. So you’re going into a hornet’s nest every night. … It’s a different time change, and there’s a lot of things going on, so it makes for a tough trip. We used to, in Anaheim, salivate when we looked at other teams’ schedules, seeing where they were coming from, how many games they played when they were coming into our building. And I knew L.A. used to do the same thing. And a lot of times, once you got going on a downslide there, it’s not hard to lose three, all three in California.” – Wild and former Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau.
Numbers: Los Angeles has the best penalty kill in the league at 89.5 percent. The team has allowed 10 power-play goals, tied with San Jose for the fewest.
Injuries: F Zach Parise (back) and D Jared Spurgeon (groin) are out for the Wild. Forwards Andy Andreoff (upper body), Jeff Carter (lower body) and Kyle Clifford (upper body) are out for the Kings.