Wild Look For Another Road WinSo far this season, the Minnesota Wild have been a very underwhelming team in the Western Conference. Specifically, the Wild have only won six games up to this point which has them in last place in the Central Division. However, Minnesota was able to win a tough road game against Arizona in its last game by the score of 4-3 so perhaps some momentum might be able to carry over into this game. Although Minnesota has not looked good on a consistent basis yet at any point this season, it has the chance to change that narrative with another road victory in this game.
Leading the Wild offensively will be centerEric Staal who has looked okay so far this season. Specifically, he has six goals and eight assists in 17 games played. However, he has a Plus/Minus rating of -9 so the Wild have struggled to keep their opponents from scoring whenever he is on the ice. In addition, he also recorded zero points in Minnesota's last game and had two penalty minutes.
The starting goalie for the Wild in this game will be Devan Dubnyk who has been awful so far this season. Specifically, he has a 3-7-1 record and a 3.57 GAA along with a .887 save percentage. Last season, Dubnyk went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .962 save percentage against the Kings so he will look for much better results against them on Tuesday night.
Kings Look To Snap Losing StreakSo far this season, the Los Angeles Kings have looked like one of the worst teams in the league. Specifically, they are just 5-11-1 through the first 17 games. In addition, the Kings are also in the midst of a three-game losing streak after losing to the Canadians on the road on Saturday night by the score of 3-2. Now, Los Angeles gets to return home to face off against another weak team in the Western Conference. If there was a golden opportunity to snap this losing streak, Tuesday's game would definitely be it. The only question remaining is whether or not the Kings are actually good enough to take advantage of this opportunity.
Leading the Kings offensively will be center Anze Kopitar who has looked great so far this season. Specifically, he already has 16 points through the first 17 games of the regular season. In addition, he has a Plus/Minute Rating of zero which is tied for the best on the team. Kopitar has made quite the legacy for himself in Los Angeles and he will look to add to that legacy moving forward.
The starting goalie for the Kings in this game will be Jonathan Quick who has been terrible this season. Specifically, he has a 2-8-0 record along with a 4.27 GAA and a .866 save percentage. This season, Quick has an 0-1-0 record with a 5.00 GAA and a .815 save percentage against the Wild. Now, he has a shot at revenge as he will look to stop Minnesota's offense the second time around.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Wild are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Pacific.
- Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Kings are 13-32 in their last 45 overall.