GAME: Minnesota Wild (17-20-14-0) at Los Angeles Kings (19-15-10-5).
TIME: Monday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
The Minnesota Wild need to figure out how to win on the road if they are
going to make a second straight playoff appearance.
The Wild will look to end their franchise-record road winless streak at 10
games when they meet the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
Minnesota is five points behind Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Western Conference with 31 games to play. The Wild's struggles away from
the Xcel Energy Center have prevented them from moving forward after making the
playoffs for the first time last season.
Minnesota has not won on the road since Dec. 17 at Colorado, going 0-4-6
since. The Wild's longest road winless streak had been six games, achieved six
times, most recently during the 2001-02 season.
Goaltender Manny Fernandez stopped 33 shots, but Minnesota failed to score
in a 4-0 loss at San Jose on Saturday.
Saturday's loss dropped the Wild to 0-4-5 on the second night of
back-to-back contests this season.
"Obviously there's a carry-over, especially when there's back-to-back games
and not that much time to regroup," Minnesota left wing Andrew Brunette said.
"Last night (Friday's 6-2 loss to Anaheim), we weren't sharp. The first 10
minutes tonight, we weren't sharp, and that's going to kill you."
The Wild will have to be sharp against the Kings, who have won three of
their last four.
Sean Avery and Joe Corvo scored early in the second period and Esa Pirnes
notched his first NHL goal as Los Angeles earned a 4-2 win over Anaheim on
Luc Robitaille also scored and Roman Cechmanek outplayed Ducks goalie
Jean-Sebastien Giguere by making 30 saves.
"It came down to who wanted the two points more," Kings forward Trent
Klatt said. "Our goalie played well in the first period and gave us a chance
The Kings trail Dallas by one point for the final playoff spot in the West.