• 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.
"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."
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.
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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:
Zach Parise - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle
Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Chris Stewart
Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker - Zac Dalpe - Teemu Pulkkinen
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba
Jonas Brodin - Christian Folin
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