Los Angeles Kings (9-6-3, third in the West Division) vs. Minnesota Wild (10-6-0, fifth in the West Division) St. Paul, Minnesota; Friday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles visits Minnesota trying to prolong its four-game road winning streak. The Wild are 10-6-0 against the rest of their division. Minnesota averages 10.0 penalty minutes per game, the sixth-most in the Nhl. Kevin Fiala leads the team serving 27 total minutes. The Kings are 9-6-3 against the rest of their division. Los Angeles has given up nine power-play goals, killing 84.5% of opponent chances. In their last meeting on Feb. 16, Los Angeles won 4-0. TOP PERFORMERS: Fiala leads the Wild with six goals and totalling 7 points. Victor Rask has four goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota. Dustin Brown leads the Kings with 10 goals and has 17 points. Alex Iafallo has four goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Los Angeles. LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 6-4-0, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.3 assists, 4.3 penalties and 11 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .915 save percentage. Kings: 6-3-1, averaging three goals, 4.9 assists, 2.8 penalties and 5.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .935 save percentage. INJURIES: Wild: Alex Stalock: out (health protocols), Marcus Johansson: out (upper body). Kings: Jaret Anderson-Dolan: out (upper body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — Alex Iafallo and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the second period to send the Los Angeles Kings past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory. Cal Petersen made 35 saves, improving to 3-0-1 in his last four starts. Oskar Sundqvist scored late in the third for the Blues, who fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven home games. Iafallo put Los Angeles ahead at 10:24 of the second. St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington couldn’t corral a shot by Dustin Brown, and Iafallo took advantage by knocking in the rebound. The Kings made it 2-0 at 16:08 when Athanasiou scored on a wrist shot, beating Binnington to his glove side. Binnington made his fifth consecutive start and sixth in the team’s last seven games. He stopped 19 shots in falling to 8-6-2. St. Louis was unable to score with a 6-on-5 skating advantage for 3:25 on a delayed penalty in the third. Sundqvist scored on the ensuing power play at 18:14. INJURIES St. Louis D Carl Gunnarsson will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury. He is the fifth Blues player on injured reserve. Gunnarsson got hurt Monday in a puck battle with Kings forward Gabriel Vilardi along the boards behind the net. ... Ivan Barbashev had surgery on his left ankle and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. ... The Blues remain without F Jaden Schwartz (lower body) and D Colton Parayko (back). This was the sixth game Schwartz has missed and the fourth for Parayko. ... Kings forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan (upper body) was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 18. ... Kings D Mikey Anderson was a late scratch due to a lower-body injury. ROSTER MOVES Blues D Steve Santini was assigned to the taxi squad. ... Kings D Austin Strand was recalled from the taxi squad. MORNING SKATE Blues C Tyler Bozak, who hasn’t played since taking a big hit from Mark Stone on Jan. 26, did not skate Wednesday morning. After skating the past two days, Bozak is “not feeling ready yet," according to coach Craig Berube. ... RW Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) was on the ice for the fifth consecutive day at the morning skate. Taraskenko is recovering from surgery he had five months ago on his left shoulder, his third operation on the shoulder and second since Oct. 27, 2019. WHAT’S NEXT The Kings play Friday night at Minnesota. The Blues play Saturday night at San Jose. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL://apnews.com/hub/NHL Warren Mayes, The Associated Press
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