The red hot Los Angeles Kings skate into Minnesota, as the Wild begin a five game homestand. Los Angeles is on a hot streak, winning three of its last fours games.
This is the first match-up between the two teams this season, after splitting the 2009-2010 series 2-2. The Kings have won three of their last four games in Minnesota.
In almost every statistical category the Kings are the dominant force in tonight's skate-off. Los Angeles averages 3.14 goals per game and 2.43 goals against. They also boast a goal differential of 0.71 compared to the Wild's 0.14.
Minnesota, however, does possess an advantage in power plays, boasting a PP% of 38.71 to the King's 11.11.
The Wild will also try to exploit the absence of LA's defensive star Drew Doughty, who will miss his third straight game with an upper-body injury.
With an overall record of 3-3-1 Minnesota may be feeling the pressure to collect the all important points at home.
Online sportsbooks have tonight's Over/Under posted at 5 1/2 goals.
Stats & Scouts
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games.
Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota.
Minnesota is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 9 games when playing on the road against Minnesota.
Minnesota leads the league in power play goals with 1.7 per game.
Minnesota gives up the most power plays in the league with 6.0 per game.