|After winning the Cup last season as an eight seed, the Kings gave themselves some breathing room by locking up a playoff spot with its win over Dallas.
LA comes into Xcel Energy Center on a roll, earning points in five straight games, tying a season high (4-0-1).
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Wild players will wear camo jerseys during warmups tonight. They will be auctioned off beginning April 25 and the bidding will continue through May 12. The auction will benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation and Defending the Blue Line.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Zach Parise scored Sunday and matched his team-high for most shots in a game this season with nine. He leads the Wild in goals (17), points (36) and GWG (4) in 45 games this season. The alternate captain has 14 points (6-8=14) in his last 18 games and 21 points (9-12=21) in his last 23 contests.
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|With new blood coming from Houston, this is what the lines might look like:
Coyle – Koivu – Parise
Clutterbuck – Cullen – Setoguchi
Pominville – Brodziak – Bouchard
Mitchell – Konopka – Dowell
With Falk in the lineup, this is what the blue line might look like:
Brodin – Suter
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Spurgeon
Backstrom is T-2nd in the NHL with 22 wins this season. He has started 28 of the Wild’s last 30 games and is 19-10-2 with a .910 SV% and 2.44 GAA in his last 31 starts since 2/9.
|Why should it not be hard for us? This is the first year that we're trying to get (to the playoffs) in five years. It’s supposed to be hard for us. That's part of the battle.
- Yeo on trying to secure a playoff birth
|Brett Clark and Nate Prosser will be the healthy scratches on the blue line. Veilleux will be scratched at forward.
Mike Rupp is out due to lower-body injuries. Dany Heatley is out for the rest of the season following arthriscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
|D Willie Mitchell skated in 288 games with Minnesota in parts of five seasons (2000-06).||Four of the last five meetings between the Wild and Kings in Saint Paul have been decided in a shootout, with Minnesota claiming three-straight victories in those shootouts.|
|Wild vs. Los Angeles will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time of 7 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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