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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

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Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings

The Minnesota Wild look to match the best start in franchise history and continue their recent dominance of the Kings when the teams meet at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Minnesota (5-0-0) is the NHL's only team without a loss, and is a win away from matching the franchise's best start, set last season.

The Wild's record-setting sixth victory in 2006-07 came against the Kings, and they went on to sweep Los Angeles for the first time in team history, winning the four meetings between the clubs.

The Wild held the Kings to one goal in three of those contests. Minnesota already has three shutouts this season, including two by Niklas Backstrom.

Backstrom has never faced Los Angeles, giving way to Manny Fernandez and Josh Harding last season. Backstrom took over as Minnesota's No. 1 goaltender in 2006-07, with Fernandez now with Boston.

Harding beat the Kings in his first game against them, stopping 32 shots in a 4-2 win March 24. He is coming off his third career shutout, making a career-high 37 saves Sunday night to lead Minnesota to a 2-0 win over Anaheim.

The Wild were knocked out of the playoffs last season by the Ducks, who went on to win their first Stanley Cup.

"I don't want to make too much of this win, but they're the Stanley Cup champions," said Minnesota winger Brian Rolston. who has a team-best four assists. "So we'll keep that in mind and we'll try to keep getting better."

Despite its fast start, Minnesota is 1-for-19 with the man advantage this season.

The Wild's penalty-killing unit, however, has stopped 90.5 percent (19-for-21) of opponents' chances. Minnesota was second in the league in penalty killing last season at 86.0 percent.

The Kings (1-5-0) went 1-for-18 with the man advantage against the Wild in 2006-07, but have converted 24.2 percent (8-for-33) of their chances this season. That, however, hasn't helped Los Angeles avoid a terrible start.

Coming off a 4-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday night, the Kings are off to their poorest start since going 1-6-0 to open the 1987-88 season.

"I thought we were better tonight," Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said after Sunday's loss, "but felt like it was the same story. We made critical mistakes at critical times of the game."

The Kings have lost five straight since beating the Ducks in the NHL season opener in London.

Michael Cammalleri prevented the shutout Sunday with a power-play goal at 1:44 of the third. Cammalleri has six goals to place him among the league leaders.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 15 '08LAK 0 at MIN 2B. Rolston
Mar 02 '08LAK 1 at MIN 2 - OTM. Skoula
Dec 15 '07MIN 2 at LAK 1B. Rolston
Oct 16 '07MIN 3 at LAK 4 - SOM. Cammalleri
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