Who: Minnesota Wild (24-9-4, 52 points, second place, Central Division) at Los Angeles Kings (19-16-4, 42 points, sixth place, Pacific Division)
Puck drop: 3:00 p.m. CT
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The Los Angeles Kings are playing the second game of a seven-game homestand, one that started with a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Los Angeles has lost four of its past six games, with the lone victories coming in consecutive wins over San Jose. Jeff Carter leads the Kings in both goals (21) and points (33). Tanner Pearson, with 10 goals, is the only other King who has reached double digits in goals.
• 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 Wild has a five-game point streak (4-0-1) against the Kings since March 28, 2015. Minnesota also has points in 17 of its past 24 games (14-7-3) against Los Angeles dating back to Dec. 28, 2009; 14 of those 24 contests have been decided by a single goal and six in a shootout.
At the Rink
Because of the 1 p.m. local faceoff, neither team hit the ice for a morning skate on Saturday.
Here are the projected lineups:
Zach Parise - Eric Staal - Nino Niederreiter
Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Jason Zucker
Jason Pominville - Erik Haula - Charlie Coyle
Chris Stewart - Tyler Graovac - Jordan Schroeder
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Marco Scandella - Christian Folin
Tanner Pearson - Anze Kopitar - Jeff Carter
Marian Gaborik - Nic Dowd - Dustin Brown
Dwight King - Nick Shore - Jordan Nolan
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Andy Andreoff
Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Brayden McNabb - Kevin Gravel