2021-02-28
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
League : NHL

Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction & Preview



 

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The Los Angeles Kings will go on the road and take on the Minnesota Wild in a West Division battle. The Kings have a record of 9-7-3, while the Wild have a record of 11-6-0. These two teams have played each other six times this season with Minnesota winning four out of the six games. Both these teams played each other last night.

 

Kings Winning Streak Snapped

The Kings had their six game winning streak snapped by the Minnesota Wild last night. The Wild defeated LA 3-1. Jeff Carter scored LA’s lone goal. Jonathan Quick stopped 27 out of 30 shots faced.

 

Offense has been clicking for the Kings lately. They have scored three goals or more in seven out of the last nine games. The team ranks 15th in goals per game, 27th in shots per game, eighth in shooting %, and 13th in scoring efficiency ratio. Anze Kopitar has had a great season thus far. He has registered at least one point in seven of the last 10 games and has 21 points in 19 games played.

Goaltending and defense have been superb recently. They have given up two goals or less in six of their last seven games. The Kings rank ninth in goals against per game, 23rd in shots against per game, and ninth in opponent shooting % and save %. Calvin Petersen has a record of 4-4-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .931 SV%. Petersen has given up two goals or less in each of his last three starts. Jonathan Quick has a record of 5-3-2 with a 2.85 GAA and a .903 SV%. Quick has recorded a shutout in two of his last four starts.

 

Minnesota Wild are Hot

Minnesota is on a five game winning streak. Their last game was last night against the LA Kings. The Wild defeated the Kings 3-1. Nick Bjugstad, Joel Eriksson Ek, and Kirill Kaptrizov each scored a goal. Cam Talbot was sharp in net, stopping 27 out of 28 shots faced.

 

Offense for the Wild has been hot recently. They have scored three goals or more in each of the last five games. The team ranks 10th in goals per game, 18th in shots per game, ninth in shooting %, and fifth in scoring efficiency ratio. Kirill Kaprizov has registered at least one point in each of the last four games and leads the team with 16 points on the season. Mats Zuccarello has been back for only six games and has 10 points in those six games.

Goaltending and defense have been amazing for the Wild during their five game winning streak. They have given up two goals or less in each of the last five games. Kaapo Kahkonen has started in net for Minnesota in four of the last five games. The team ranks fifth in goals against per game, 10th in shots against per game, and fifth in opponent shooting % and save %.





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