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Wild at Kings preview

Minnesota trying to complete road trip with victory; Los Angeles looking for first win in four games

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

WILD (6-10-1) at KINGS (5-11-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-N, FS-WI NHL.TV

The Game

The Minnesota Wild will try for their third win during a four-game road trip when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday.

The Wild are 2-1-0 during the first three games of the trip and have scored at least four goals in three straight games, including a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

The Kings are hoping for their first win in four games. They went 0-2-1 during a three-game trip to Canada, which concluded with a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. They have been outscored 32-16 in their past eight games (1-6-1).

Players to watch

Wild forward Kevin Fiala has five points (three goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games, including points in three straight.

They said it

"We play 20 of our first 30 [games] on the road. If we can stay in the hunt at that point in time, I think the middle part of the season will be really good." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"What are you doing the rest of the night? Odds are you're on the ice between 12 and 20 minutes, especially if you're a forward. Puck's on your tape for 45 seconds of that time. What else is happening?" -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on getting young players to do more than trying to score

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Marcus Foligno (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core muscle), Mason Shaw (knee)

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Carl Grundstrom -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Adrian Kempe -- Kyle Clifford

Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Sean Walker

Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Matt Luff, Nikolai Prokhorkin

Injured: Trevor Lewis (lower body), Derek Forbort (back)

Status report

Foligno is more week-to-week than day-to-day, Wild general manager Bill Guerin said Monday. … Kunin will play after missing the game Saturday because of food poisoning. … Lewis was placed on injured reserve Monday. He sustained the injury in the first period against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. … Luff was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Stat pack

Dumba needs one assist for 100 in the NHL … Staal has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. … The Kings have allowed 18 power-play goals, second-most in the NHL behind the Detroit Red Wings (19).

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