Preview: Los Angeles at Minnesota

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Matchup Edge
LA Edge in: MIN
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

Nino Niederreiter has scored six goals in as many games to propel the Minnesota Wild to a 5-1-0 mark during that stretch. Niederreiter looks to continue his offensive surge as the Wild vie for their eighth win in nine home outings this season when they the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings pay a visit on Wednesday. "I'm confident, but I'm not going to be overconfident," Niederreiter told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune of his offensive contributions following Minnesota's 4-1 victory over Florida on Monday.

Niederreiter leads the Wild with 10 goals to reside four shy of his career mark, set last season. While the Wild are ascending, Los Angeles fell to 0-1-1 on its three-game road trip following a 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville on Tuesday. Defenseman Drew Doughty skated coast-to-coast before scoring early in the third period to forge a 3-3 tie and extend his point streak to five games.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports West (Los Angeles), Fox Sports North (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE KINGS (11-6-5): Former Wild star Marian Gaborik scored and set up a goal against Predators and has four tallies and three assists in his last eight games. After receiving a rare night off on Tuesday, Jonathan Quick is expected to get the nod in an attempt to improve upon his 1-3-3 road record and inflated 3.35 goals-against average. The 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner was brilliant in the teams' first meeting, turning aside 40 shots to improve to 9-4-3 in his career versus Minnesota.

ABOUT THE WILD (12-8-0): Defenseman Ryan Suter notched an assist for the second time in three games on Monday, but his offensive contributions are secondary to his punishing play that spans over 29 minutes per contest. In addition, Suter has helped his team dominate possession of the puck as Minnesota is controlling more than 57 percent of the shot attempts at even strength while he's been on the ice. Suter may see a familiar face as fellow blue-liner Jonas Brodin could return after missing six contests due to the mumps.


1. Minnesota LW Zach Parise scored versus Florida and has four goals and two assists in his last six contests.

2. Los Angeles failed on all three power-play opportunities on Tuesday after going 7-for-17 in its previous four games.

3. The Wild have yielded a league-low seven first-period goals.

PREDICTION: Wild 2, Kings 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 11-6-2-3 L2 10-2-0-1 1-4-2-2 3-1-0-0 8-5-2-3 3-1-1-1
Minnesota 12-8-0-0 W1 7-1-0-0 5-7-0-0 2-1-0-0 10-7-0-0 ---

Last Meeting

Los Angeles Minnesota
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/19/14 MIN 1 LA 2 16 40 1-2 41 14 0-5

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
LA T. Toffoli 2
MIN R. Carter 1
Goals Player  
LA T. Pearson 1
MIN M. Cooke 1
Assists Player  
LA J. Carter 1
MIN R. Carter 1
Saves Player  
LA J. Quick 40
MIN N. Backstrom 14
Total Points Player  
LA J. Carter 18
MIN Z. Parise 14
Goals Player  
LA T. Pearson 9
MIN N. Niederreiter 10
Assists Player  
LA J. Carter 11
MIN R. Suter 10
Saves Player  
LA J. Quick 544
MIN D. Kuemper 330

Quickchart Matchup

Los Angeles Off vs  Minnesota Def
2.68 GF
2.2 GA
30.4 Shots
25 Shots
13 PP
8 PK
Minnesota Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.85 GF
2.27 GA
33 Shots
31.9 Shots
6 PP
14 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -135 123
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -150 130
Sportsbook -150 130
5 -145
5 -150 130
Top Bet -140 120
5 -146 133
BetDSI -145 125
Belmont -150 130
5 -145 125
Vegas Odds
Mirage -140 120
Station -140 120
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Los Angeles Overall Minnesota
11-6-2-3 W/L 12-8-0-0
9-13 ATS 13-7
8-8 O/U 6-12
2.68 Goals For 2.85
2.27 Goals Agnst 2.20
Los Angeles A/H Minnesota
1-4-2-2 W/L 7-1-0-0
3-6 ATS 5-3
4-2 O/U 4-4
2.56 Goals For 4.00
3.44 Goals Agnst 2.00