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Los Angeles hopes for positive start to road trip; Minnesota looks to end three-game losing streak

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

KINGS (18-25-3) at WILD (22-20-3)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Minnesota Wild look to avoid a third straight loss when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Minnesota lost 7-4 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday and is 1-3-0 in its past four games. The Wild have allowed at least four goals in three of the past four.

The Kings, who begin a three-game road trip, have lost four of their past six games (2-4-0) and have scored two goals or fewer four times during that span.


Players to watch

Kings forward Anze Kopitar has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past five games.

Wild forward Jason Zucker has four points (three goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"We're obviously not where we want to be, and I think that road trip can change things because everybody falls in that lower part of the standings. We just need to play the way we played against Pittsburgh [5-2 win Saturday]." -- Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk

"It's L.A. They're a heavy-hitting team and (have) really good, skilled forwards. They're not having a great year but you know it doesn't matter. They're playing pretty well as of late, they picked it up, so we've got to make sure we're better." -- Wild forward Marcus Foligno


Kings projected lineup

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Alex Iafallo -- Jeff Carter -- Brendan Leipsic

Carl Hagelin -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Matt Luff

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Dion Phaneuf -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Austin Wagner, Sean Walker

Injured: Trevor Lewis (foot), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)


Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Jordan Greenway -- Eric Staal -- Nino Niederreiter

Zach Parise -- Charlie Coyle -- Luke Kunin

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Matt Hendricks

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Greg Pateryn

Nick Seeler -- Nate Prosser

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: J.T. Brown

Injured: Matt Dumba (upper body), Eric Fehr (lower body)


Status report

Thompson missed practice Monday but is expected to play. … Minnesota did not have a morning skate.


Stat pack

Quick is 6-3-0 with a 2.22 goals against average and .922 save percentage with one shutout in his past nine starts. … Parise has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. … Koivu is one goal away from 200 in his NHL career.

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