NEW YORK -- When the Wild traveled to the West Coast and played the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center, it was a rousing homecoming for a player that won two Stanley Cups for a franchise he spent seven seasons with.
Thursday will be another homecoming of sorts for Jarret Stoll, albeit in an arena he spent significantly less time in.
"It's fun playing in this arena," Stoll said after he and the Wild practiced at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. "It's fun coming in as a visitor, and it's fun playing in it as part of the Rangers."
Stoll played 29 games for the Rangers this season, before being waived and claimed by Minnesota in December.
"I still have some good friends on this team, and I had some good memories here," Stoll said. "A good organization, and I was treated first class, and not one bad or negative thing to say about this organization."
As a visitor, Stoll and the Kings won Game 3 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final before clinching the series in Game 5 on home ice, the Kings and Stoll's second Cup in three seasons.
And as was the case when the Stoll faced the as a visitor for the first time on Jan. 21, the Wild is in desperate need of win. Minnesota traveled to Los Angeles on a five-game losing streak two weeks ago before snapping it with a 3-0 victory.
"First and foremost we have to win the game," Stoll said. " I've definitely been in a couple of these slides, and you don't want to let it get away from you."