Kaprizov and Minnesota take on Los Angeles
Los Angeles Kings (38-25-10, third in the Pacific) vs. Minnesota Wild (43-21-6, second in the Central)
St. Paul, Minnesota; Sunday, 5 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Kirill Kaprizov and Minnesota hit the ice against Los Angeles. Kaprizov ranks eighth in the league with 88 points, scoring 41 goals and recording 47 assists.
The Wild are 21-16-2 in Western Conference games. Minnesota ranks eighth in the Western Conference with 32.7 shots per game and is averaging 3.6 goals.
The Kings are 16-19-7 in Western Conference play. Los Angeles leads the Western Conference shooting 35.0 shots per game while averaging 2.8 goals.
In their last meeting on Dec. 11, Los Angeles won 2-1.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kaprizov leads the Wild with 41 goals and has 88 points. Kevin Fiala has four goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Olli Maatta leads the Kings with a plus-17 in 58 games this season. Anze Kopitar has seven assists over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 7-1-2, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.4 assists, four penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .931 save percentage.
Kings: 4-4-2, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.3 assists, three penalties and 6.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .901 save percentage.
INJURIES: Wild: Matt Dumba: day to day (upper body), Jon Merrill: out (upper body), Matt Boldy: day to day (upper body).
Kings: Blake Lizotte: day to day (undisclosed).