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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Los Angeles

Wild carries four-game point streak against the Kings into game Tuesday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The Essentials

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Video: Wild Pregame vs Los Angeles
The Opponent

The Los Angeles Kings are one of just two teams remaining in the NHL without a point after a pair of season-opening losses to the San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers. The Kings are also without a pair of All-Stars on Tuesday, as goaltender Jonathan Quick (groin) and forward Marian Gaborik (broken foot) continue to rehab their injuries. Quick could miss several months with his injury, which he sustained in a season-opening loss to the Sharks six days ago, while Gaborik is likely four weeks away from a return. Los Angeles will get forward Tanner Pearson back from suspension after he missed the first two games of the regular season because of an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers defensemen Brandon Davidson during the preseason.

Connections

• Kings defenseman Tom Gilbert, a Bloomington Jefferson graduate, played two seasons for the Wild between 2011-13. 

• Kings forward Devin Setoguchi scored 32 goals and accrued 63 points over two seasons with Minnesota from 2011-13.

• Kings defenseman Derek Forbort is from Duluth and played three seasons at the University of North Dakota.

• Kings forward Nic Dowd played four seasons at St. Cloud State University, scoring 22 goals and tallying 40 points during his senior season when he served as team captain.

The Kuemperor Returns

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper will get his first start of the season on Tuesday against an opponent against which he's had plenty of success. In five games agianst the Kings, including four starts, Kuemper is 2-1-1 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .939 save percentage with one shutout.

"We want to give him a chance," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "The one game in Colorado [during the preseason], he was pretty good. He's worked hard in practice and you want to get guys into the game early. He's getting an opportunity.

"I know he's played good against L.A. But it wouldn't have mattered if he was 0-18, he'd be playing tonight."

At the Rink

The Wild will try for consecutive wins for the first time under Boudreau when it welcomes the Kings to Xcel Energy Center. 

Minnesota, which has a four-game point streak against the Kings, went 2-0-1 against Los Angeles last season, including a 2-1 victory at Xcel Energy enter in late March. 

Video: Bruce Boudreau - Morning Skate

The Wild will go with the same lineup that defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Saturday. That means Christian Folin, who was a plus-1 in almost 17 minutes of ice time, will get another game skating next to fellow Swede Jonas Brodin.

Minnesota assigned defenseman Mike Reilly, who played in the season-opener at St. Louis, to Iowa on Monday but his status with the big club remains unchanged.

Boudreau said he knew he was going with the same lineup tonight, and with Iowa playing at home against Grand Rapids, he didn't want Reilly sitting around in the Twin Cities.

"You don't want young guys sitting when they have an opportunity to play. It's only a few hours down the road," Boudreau said. "Initially, there's a chance he [could shuttle back-and-forth] and in the end, it will be his play which dictates where he is."

Without Reilly in the lineup, defenseman Marco Scandella is getting a chance on the power play. While he hasn't received much time on the power play over the years, Boudreau said he thinks Scandella has the skills to stick there in the future.

"He's got a great shot. And I think once he starts to get a little more comfortable on the power play, once he gets that shot through, a lot of times it's not going to be stopped," Boudreau said. "When you have a guy who can shoot the puck on the point, it sort of makes the other team leery about getting out there and blocking them."

Here are the projected lineups:

WILD

Zach Parise - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle

Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Chris Stewart

Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker - Zac DalpeTeemu Pulkkinen

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba

Jonas Brodin - Christian Folin  

Darcy Kuemper

Devan Dubnyk

KINGS

Dwight King - Anze Kopitar - Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Devin Setoguchi

Dustin Brown - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis

Andy Andreoff - Nic Dowd - Jordan Nolan

Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort - Tom Gilbert

Jeff Zatkoff

Peter Budaj

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