KINGS (0-2-0) at WILD (1-1-0)
8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-W, NHL.TV
Kings team scope
Tanner Pearson will return to the lineup after a four-game suspension for an illegal check. Pearson was suspended for a hit to the head on Edmonton Oilers forward Brandon Davidson during a preseason game on Oct. 2. Pearson had 15 goals and 36 points last season and could provide offense for the struggling Kings, who are looking for the first win of the season. "It's definitely a good feeling," Pearson said. "It wasn't an ideal way to start the season but it happened and now I've got to focus on playing my game and helping this team get the first win under the belt." Kings coach Darryl Sutter welcomed Pearson back into the lineup, saying "he's a good goal scorer."
Wild team scope
Coach Bruce Boudreau and Minnesota are seeking back-to-back wins, and will play a team the former Anaheim Ducks coach is very familiar with. "[I have] mostly bad [memories]," Boudreau said of playing against the Kings. "Regular season was good, but I keep thinking of [Stanley Cup Playoffs] Game 6 and 7… [It's] always a hard game to play. Always a very heavy team. They play with great pace and they work their butt off." The Kings have a physical presence that the Wild will have to counter. "We've got to meet their push in the first," forward Erik Haula said. "We've got to come to the game ready to play and play a solid 60 minutes."
Kings projected lineup
Dwight King -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Devin Setoguchi
Dustin Brown -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis
Andy Andreoff -- Nic Dowd -- Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb -- Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez
Tom Gilbert -- Derek Forbort
Scratched: Teddy Purcell, Kyle Clifford, Matt Greene
Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin), Marian Gaborik (foot)
Wild projected lineup
Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle
Mikael Granlund -- Mikko Koivu -- Chris Stewart
Nino Niederreiter -- Erik Haula -- Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker -- Zac Dalpe -- Teemu Pulkkinen
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella -- Matt Dumba
Jonas Brodin -- Christian Folin
Scratched: Nate Prosser
Boudreau said Kuemper will start. It will be his first start this season. Kuemper had his last shutout against the Kings on Jan. 21, stopping 32 shots. He is 2-1-1 against Los Angeles with a 1.82 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
Coyle has one goal and one assist in two games for the Wild. He is playing on the top line with Parise and Staal and assisted on Staal's goal in a 4-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, and scored in a 3-2 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.