7 p.m. vs. Los Angeles • Xcel Energy Center • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The back end of a rare home back-to-back. This is the sixth time in franchise history the Wild has played home games on consecutive nights. The Kings have won three consecutive on this road trip and have beaten the Wild twice this season, including a 4-0 victory in St. Paul on Nov. 26. The Wild outshot the Kings 41-16 in L.A. on Oct. 16, but Jonathan Quick stole a 2-1 win.
Players to watch: If G Devan Dubnyk starts, it’ll be his 35th consecutive start (34th for the Wild), the most consecutive starts by an NHL goalie since 2009 when Dwayne Roloson started 36 in a row for Edmonton. Since being pulled in Detroit on Jan. 20, Dubnyk is 3-0-1 in the second game of back-to-backs with a 1.20 goals-against average and .967 save percentage. Kings RW Marian Gaborik is the Wild’s all-time leader in goals (219), plus-minus (plus-54), power-play goals (59), game-winning goals (43) and shots (1,694). He is second behind Mikko Koivu in points (437) in 502 games. C Anze Kopitar has scored 26 points in 32 games against Minnesota.
Numbers: The Wild is 5-2-4 in the second of back-to-backs this season. … The Wild is 8-6-2 in its past 16 games against Los Angeles with six of the games decided in a shootout. The Wild is 10-4-4 in the past 18 meetings played at Xcel Energy Center.
Injuries: Wild LW Ryan Carter (shoulder) has been activated off injured return and could play for the first time since Feb. 9. D Nate Prosser (knee), LW Jason Zucker (collarbone), LW Matt Cooke (sports hernia) and D Keith Ballard (concussion) are out. Kings LW Tanner Pearson (fibula) is out and C Jarret Stoll (upper body) is questionable.