WILD (3-0-0) at KINGS (0-3-0)
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The Los Angeles Kings host the Minnesota Wild on Friday and are looking for their first win of the season.
The Kings (0-3-0) have lost each of their three games at home and have been outscored 12-2. They are 0-for-13 on the power play.
"I think we need more time with the puck," Kings coach Darryl Sutter told LAKingsInsider.com on Friday. "I think we’ve spent a lot of time going 200 feet up and down the ice instead of battling for the puck and not thinking about the fancy play. Two games ago I think we had good looks, and this last game we didn't."
It will be a tough test against the undefeated Wild (3-0-0).
"Same challenge as last year," Sutter said. "Very same team. Fast team and a structured team."
Minnesota will turn to Darcy Kuemper in goal after Devan Dubnyk started the first three games.
"We're hoping and we're counting on Darcy to give us a really good chance to win that game. But we're also hoping and counting on our team to play a real good game in front of him and give him a real good chance to perform at his highest level," coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Thursday.
Kuemper played 38 games last season, the majority of them coming before the Wild acquired Dubnyk. It will be his first start since April 9 when he allowed two goals on 34 shots in a 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators.
"I'm thinking that we are going to see a very desperate, very good hockey team tonight," Yeo told the Wild website Friday. "There's been a lot of times where [the Kings] look unlucky to be winless right now. They are creating plays but it just hasn't gotten in for them"
Kings defenseman Derek Forbort, 23, a Minnesota native, will make his NHL debut.
Here are the projected lineups:
Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Milan Lucic - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Andy Andreoff - Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Derek Forbort - Christian Ehrhoff
Injured: Dwight King (foot)
Scratched: Matt Greene, Jordan Weal
Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter
Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine
Chris Porter - Erik Haula - Ryan Carter
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Marco Scandella - Christian Folin
Injured: Tyler Graovac (lower body)
Scratched: Nate Prosser, Niklas Backstrom
Status report: Yeo said Folin will be in the lineup replacing Prosser. The only other lineup change is in net where Kuemper will make his first start of the season.
Who's hot: Parise has five goals and at least one in all three games he's played this season. … Pominville has four assists in three games.