Preview: Los Angeles at Minnesota

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Matchup Edge
LA Edge in: MIN
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Minnesota Wild did the Los Angeles Kings an enormous favor on Friday night. But Los Angeles shouldn't expect the same charity themselves on Saturday as the Kings visit Minnesota looking to sweep the season series. The Wild have won four in a row, including a 4-2 triumph over Calgary on Friday that prevented the Flames from passing the idle Kings in the race for the third and final automatic playoff spot in the crowded Pacific Division standings.

The Wild can breathe easier with Friday's triumph - they're now six points clear of ninth-place Calgary in the Western Conference wild-card battle - but will be in tough against a Kings team that has been one of the hottest road clubs in the league of late. The Kings are a perfect 3-0-0 on their five-game road trip that ends Monday in Chicago. Minnesota is looking to unseat the Blackhawks for third place in the Central Division, sitting just one point behind.
 
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS-W (Los Angeles), FS-N (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE KINGS (37-23-14): Los Angeles has been one of the toughest home teams in the Western Conference, but knew that advantage wouldn't be enough if it continued to struggle on the road. The Kings have responded with their best stretch of the season away from Staples Center, registering points in seven straight road games (6-0-1) while allowing two or fewer goals in all but one of them. Jonathan Quick has made every start this month, and has been sensational - going 8-3-2 with a 1.88 goals-against average and two shutouts.

ABOUT THE WILD (43-25-7): It was a night of milestones for Minnesota, which saw two of its cornerstone forwards reach important plateaus. Thomas Vanek's game winner early in the third period was his 20th goal of the season, marking his 10th consecutive season with 20 or more tallies. Zach Parise effectively put the game away a short time later with a breakaway goal, his 30th of the season; he joined Marian Gaborik, Brian Rolston and Jason Pominville as the only Minnesota players to reach that plateau.

OVERTIME

1. The Kings limited the Wild to one goal in their previous two meetings combined.

2. Minnesota has won its last six Saturday games.

3. Quick is 9-4-3 with a 2.39 goals-against average in 16 games versus Minnesota.

PREDICTION: Wild 2, Kings 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 37-23-7-7 W3 22-9-4-3 15-14-3-4 5-4-1-1 32-19-6-6 12-5-4-3
Minnesota 43-25-5-2 W4 21-11-4-1 22-14-1-1 4-3-0-0 39-22-5-2 15-6-3-1

Last Meeting

Los Angeles Minnesota
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/26/14 LA 4 MIN 0 22 28 0-2 28 18 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
LA D. Brown 2
MIN C. Almond 0
Goals Player  
LA D. Brown 1
MIN C. Almond 0
Assists Player  
LA D. Brown 1
MIN C. Almond 0
Saves Player  
LA M. Jones 28
MIN N. Backstrom 12
Season
Total Points Player  
LA A. Kopitar 60
MIN Z. Parise 58
Goals Player  
LA J. Carter 26
MIN Z. Parise 30
Assists Player  
LA A. Kopitar 44
MIN R. Suter 34
Saves Player  
LA J. Quick 1581
MIN D. Dubnyk 847

Quickchart Matchup

Los Angeles Off vs  Minnesota Def
2.66 GF
2.44 GA
30.8 Shots
27.5 Shots
44 PP
28 PK
Minnesota Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.81 GF
2.39 GA
31.1 Shots
27.1 Shots
35 PP
41 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -116 105
113
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag -110 -110
-110
5
Sportsbook.ag -110 -110
-110
5
5Dimes
103
-113
-105
5
GTbets.eu 100 -120
-110
5
Top Bet -110 -110
-105
5
BetOnline.ag -101 -109
-105
5
BetDSI -110 -110
-105
5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com OFF OFF OFF
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker -110 -110
-105
5
Vegas Odds
Westgate 100 -110
-105
5
Wynn Las Vegas -115
-105
-105
5
Boyd Gaming -105 -115
-105
5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Los Angeles Overall Minnesota
37-23-7-7 W/L 43-25-5-2
30-44 ATS 38-37
30-30 O/U 28-36
2.66 Goals For 2.81
2.39 Goals Agnst 2.44
Los Angeles A/H Minnesota
15-14-3-4 W/L 21-11-4-1
16-20 ATS 14-23
16-11 O/U 17-15
2.72 Goals For 3.16
2.69 Goals Agnst 2.54
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