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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Los Angeles

Minnesota aims to keep winning ways going on home ice Saturday at Xcel Energy Center

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
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Who: Los Angeles Kings (4-6-0) at Minnesota Wild (3-7-0)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

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ST. PAUL -- The Wild returns home for a quick one-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota has won its past two games on home ice, scoring wins over Montreal and Edmonton earlier this week before losing in Nashville on Thursday.

The back-to-back wins on home ice was the first time the Wild won two-straight games in St. Paul since last December. 

Games at Xcel Energy Center have been few and far between through the first three weeks of the season. The game will be the Wild's fourth in 11 contests overall. Six of the Wild's next seven games will come away from home as well.

Minnesota could get some reinforcements back on the injury front as Joel Eriksson Ek practiced on Friday for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury last week in Montreal. 

His status for Saturday could be clarified following the Wild's morning skate.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk also practiced on Friday but he hinted he may not return until the Wild hits the road for a two-game trip on Tuesday in Dallas.

Los Angeles is in the midst of a four-game road trip against Central Division foes. The Kings began the trip with a win in Winnipeg on Tuesday before a 5-2 setback in St. Louis on Thursday. 

After the game Saturday, the Kings will play the second half of back-to-back games on Sunday in Chicago. 

Anze Kopitar leads the Kings offensively with four goals and 11 points through 10 games. Ilya Kovalchuk, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli each have three goals on the season.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick has started six of the 10 games this season, posting a 2-4-0 record with a 4.39 goals-against average and an .854 save percentage. 

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