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Minnesota 1-3-0 in past four road games; Los Angeles eyes sixth consecutive win

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

WILD (13-10-3) at KINGS (17-8-3)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

The Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on Tuesday.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday to end a 4-0-0 road trip. It was the fourth time the Kings went unbeaten on a road trip of at least four games (4-0-0 in 2010-11 and 2015-16; 5-0-0 in 2009-10).

Goalie Jonathan Quick has allowed five goals during a four-game winning streak after losing his previous six starts, all in regulation. He is also benefitting from an uptick in goal support, with the Kings scoring 14 goals in those four wins after totaling nine goals during his losing skid.

The Wild have won two straight after a 2-1 overtime victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, but are 1-3-0 in their past four road games. Center Eric Staal has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past 10 games and right wing Jason Zucker is on a six-game point streak (two goals, four assists). 

 

Players to watch

Wild forward Mikael Granlund has one goal in his past four games after getting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his previous six.

Kopitar has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past seven games.

 

They said it

"When Kopitar is playing like he is, he's more than a force. He's as good as there is in the League at that position." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"I think just human nature once you get home you just have a tendency to just relax, and we got fight that." -- Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Los Angeles is 7-5-2 on home ice compared to 10-3-1 away from Staples Center.

 

Wild projected lineup

Mikael Granlund -- Mikko Koivu -- Jason Zucker

Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Marcus Foligno

Daniel Winnik -- Charlie Coyle -- Chris Stewart

Tyler Ennis -- Matt Cullen -- Zack Mitchell

Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba

Jonas Brodin -- Ryan Murphy

Mike Reilly -- Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Gustav Olofsson

Injured: Jared Spurgeon (groin strain), Zach Parise (microdiscectomy surgery)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli

Marian Gaborik -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis

Jussi Jokinen -- Torrey Mitchell -- Jonny Brodzinski

Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty

Kurtis MacDermid -- Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort -- Christian Folin

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Nic Dowd

Injured: Andy Andreoff  (undisclosed), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Jeff Carter (lower body)

 

Status report

Andreoff and Clifford each returned to practice Tuesday. Andreoff missed the road trip after being knocked down in a fight with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa on Nov. 25. Clifford has missed 25 games.

 

Stat pack

Minnesota is 5-0-2 in its past seven games against Los Angeles and has earned a point in six of its past eight (4-2-2) at Staples Center.

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