Tonight marks the second of three meetings with the Wild this season, and Minnesota’s second and final visit to STAPLES Center. The Wild are playing the third of a four-game home stand where they’ve done 0-2-0 thus far, they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. The Kings are finishing off a two-game home stand, they’re coming off of a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo in anticipation of tonight’s game. Marian Gaborik jumped up to the second line, skating with Vincent Lecavalier and Jeff Carter. Tanner Pearson skated on the fourth line with Nick Shore and Jordan Nolan. Andy Andreoff and Christian Ehrhoff remained on the ice for extra work along with Kyle Clifford (IR), those two are expected to be healthy scratches. Jonathan Quick was the first goaltender to leave the ice and will start in net.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – TOFFOLI
GABORIK – LECAVALIER – CARTER
KING – LEWIS – BROWN
NOLAN – SHORE – PEARSON
MUZZIN – DOUGHTY
MARTINEZ – MCBAIN
MCNABB – SCHENN
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous meeting with the Wild earlier this season on October 16, they earned their first win of the season, beating Minnesota 2-1 in OT. Tyler Toffoli scored a power play goal in the second period, and Anze Kopitar netted the game-winning goal 2:19 minutes into overtime. Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in the win. The Kings went on to string together a seven-game win streak following that victory.
MINNESOTA MISERABLE: The Wild are coming off of their fifth-straight loss Wednesday night, and have posted a 1-7-2 record through the month of January, having been held to just two goals or less in eight of those 10 games. Minnesota has scored only one goal in their last three games, and have held scoreless on their last 24 power plays.
KUEMPER THE KEEPER: Darcy Kuemper will make his 10th start of the season for Minnesota tonight, he brings a 4-1-4 record into the game, posting a .923 SV% and a 2.12 GAA. Kuemper’s previous start came on January 10, where he made 15 saves on 17 shots in the Wild’s 2-1 loss. In four career stars against the Kings, Kuemper is 1-1-1, he made 35 saves on 37 shots faced in the teams’ previous meeting on October 16.
STOLL’S RETURN: The Kings will see an old friend in Jarret Stoll tonight as he returns to STAPLES Center for the first time since he became a free agent as a member of the Minnesota Wild. Stoll started the season with the New York Rangers but was then claimed off of waivers by Minnesota in December. Stoll scored his first goal with the Wild Wednesday night in Minnesota’s 3-1 loss at Anaheim. In seven seasons with the Kings, Stoll played in 506 games, recording 214 points (81G, 133A) and was a member of both Stanley Cup Championship teams.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 7:00 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop just after 7:30. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.