The LA Kings are in the State of Hockey for the first game of a three-game road trip. With Vegas getting two points and Edmonton one point on Saturday, this is about as close as a “must win” as we’ll get. Kings hold just a two point lead over VGK with nine games to go.

LA Kings Minnesota Wild
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LA Kings Minnesota Wild

Top scorers:

LAK: Anze Kopitar – 18 goals, 43 assists, 61 points

MIN: Kirill Kaprizov – 41 goals, 47 assists, 88 points

Betting Odds

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  • Kings Odds: +150
  • Wild Odds: -175
  • Over/Under: 5.5
  • Time: 2:00 pm PT
  • Broadcast Info: BSNX, BSWIX, KCOP-13, ESPN+

Projected Lineups

Here’s how the Kings aligned in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Edmonton:

Jonathan Quick got the nod on Thursday, and it will be interesting to see if Todd McLellan gives him the back-to-back.

The 36-year-old is 16-11-7 with a .902 SV% and 2.63 GAA, including a shutout in 34 career games.

The Kings could be getting Blake Lizotte back into the lineup, which probably restores some order to the fourth line – Lemieux, Lizotte, and Kaliyev.

Here were the Wild starters in Friday’s overtime loss to St. Louis:

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If the Kings want to win this game, they’ll need to keep Kirill Kaprizov off the scoresheet. In 10 career games, he has six goals and four assists.

The Wild will be without defenseman Matt Dumba.

The LA Kings and Wild will get underway at 2:00 pm PT.

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