GAME: Los Angeles Kings (16-14-9-4) at Minnesota Wild (15-17-12-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Los Angeles Kings haven't won a game in almost a month. Maybe a trip to
Minnesota is exactly what they need.
The Kings will look to continue their road dominance against the Wild when
the teams meet at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Kings had their winless streak extended to 12 games (0-3-8-1) with
Tuesday's scoreless tie at Nashville. Roman Cechmanek earned the Kings one
point by making 29 saves.
Los Angeles has not won since a 4-2 victory over Edmonton on Dec. 16. The
Kings haven't gone this long without a victory since they suffered through a
16-game skid during the 1981-82 season.
However, Los Angeles is unbeaten in its last five trips to St. Paul, Minn.
(3-0-2), dating to a 4-3 loss on Dec. 22, 2000.
The Wild have struggled at home against the Kings, Marian Gaborik put up
good offensive numbers against Los Angeles last season, recording five goals
and one assist in four games, including a hat trick on Nov. 4, 2002.
However, Gaborik has struggled to score this season. After a prolonged
contract holdout to start the season, the 21-year-old winger has just five
goals in 32 games.
Gaborik led Minnesota with 30 goals and 75 points last season, and had 60
goals over the previous two seasons.
The Wild are also coming in mired in a terrible slump, winning just one of
their last 11 (1-3-7). Minnesota is 1-for-35 on the power play during the
Sergei Zholtok's slap shot with 13.9 seconds remaining in the third period
gave Minnesota a 3-3 draw with Nashville on Monday. Richard Park and Filip Kuba
also had goals for the Wild.