Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild (N/A)
Minnesota's season is slipping away and so are the club's top defenders. Both goalies are less then 100 percent and four of the Wild’s top six defenseman are ailing according to the St. Paul Pioneer Express.
And of course bettors haven’t forgotten Mikko Koivu, the team’s best offensive player, is sidelined with an arm injury. Head coach Todd Richards gave his players the day off on Saturday to let them lick their wounds.
The Kings are trying to rekindle the success they enjoyed at the start of the campaign but it’s proving to be a difficult task. Los Angeles is 2-5 in its last seven games and has just two goals in its last two outings.
Head coach Terry Murray is trying his best to fight the offensive slump by reuniting his former top line of Ryan Smyth, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.
The trio played together on Saturday against the Stars but registered just one marker (and that was on the power play).
"This was a premier line in the league at the start of the year,” Murray told the Los Angeles Times after Saturday’s 4-1 setback to the Stars. “Unfortunately [injuries] happen, but that's the way it goes in hockey. Now it's time to elevate games.”
Look for the Kings to break out against the injury ravaged Wild.
Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers (105, 5.5)
The Preds are playing some stingy hockey right now. They've allowed just one power play goal in their last 14 shorthanded situations and the under is 5-1 in their last six games.
Goalie Pekka Rinne is the chief reason for the defensive surge in Nashville. He’s starting nine straight games and the Preds won seven of the contests. The under is also 7-2 during Rinne’s hot run.
"He's moving really well and there's a confidence about him now," Nashville coach Barry Trotz told the Tennessean. "He is seeing the puck and tracking it. He has a rhythm going and has obviously been putting up the stats to back that up. It's good. You always want to get someone going the way he is."
Florida doesn’t have many offensive weapons to throw at the Predators.