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NHL on NBCSN — Game notes for Kings at Wild

Oct 3, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild host the Los Angeles Kings tonight on NBCSN (8 p.m. ET). Here are some game notes, as compiled by our crack research staff.

• In their 13th NHL season, the Minnesota Wild have never lost their home opener at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Since skating to a 3-3 tie vs. Philadelphia in their inaugural season (Oct. 11, 2000), the Wild are 11-0-0 in home openers.

• The Los Angeles Kings begin their 47th season on the road after dropping 15 of their final 16 away games of the 2013 season – the last six of the regular season, followed by 10 of 11 in the playoffs, capped by their double-OT Game 5 ouster at Chicago in the Western Conference Final. Including the playoffs, the Kings were 9-22-4 away from Staples Center.

Anze Kopitar has led the Kings in scoring six consecutive seasons (2007-08 to 2012-13). Only Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne had a longer streak of leading the Kings in scoring (8 seasons, 1975-76 to 1982-83). Wayne Gretzky (7 times) and Luc Robitaille (6) are the only other players in franchise history to lead the team in points more than twice, but neither of them matched Kopitar’s streak.

• Since the beginning of the 2009-10 season, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has appeared in the second-most games (239) between the pipes (Henrik Lundqvist, 246). The Connecticut native and odds-on favorite to tend Team USA’s net at the Sochi Olympics in February needs 23 wins to pass Rogie Vachon (171) for #1 on the franchise all-time list.

• In 2011-12, the Kings (2.29) and Wild (2.02) finished 29th and 30th in the NHL in goals per game, respectively. Last season, both of the teams improved by exactly 0.44 goals per game, as the Kings (2.73) improved to 10th in the league and the Wild (2.46) finished 22nd.

• 4 of the past 6 meetings between the Kings and Wild at Xcel Energy Center have gone to a shootout.

• The Kings have played 38 playoff games in the last two years, most in the NHL.

38 – Los Angeles
32 – N.Y. Rangers
29 – Chicago
29 – Boston
21 – Pittsburgh
19 – Detroit

  1. vstar1us - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Go Wild Go…….

  2. blomfeld - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    “The Kings have played 38 playoff games in the last two years, most in the NHL” …

    can’t really add much to that eh ? :)

    GKG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • illogic87 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Should be a good game if your team can lay off the cheapshots.

      • Anoesis - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Minnesota ranked at #13 PIM last season. L.A. was #25.

        Highest ranking player on Kings in penalty minutes: Kyle Clifford, tied for 59th with 51 and 5 majors. (Keaton Ellerby, traded to Florida, had 52). Jordan Nolan ranked at 73, Mike Richards at 81, Jake Muzzin at 102, Colin Fraser at 155.

        Highest ranking player on Wild in penalty minutes: Zenon Konopka, 4th with 117 and 9 majors. Mike Rupp tied for 18, Clayton Stoner at 80, Justin Falk at 87, Charlie Coyle at 138.

        So two Wild in top 20, no King in top 50. Everybody’s favorite dirt-bag Dustin Brown? Tied for 177th with 22 PIM. Damn those biased refs!

      • homegrowntalentmn - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        ↓↓↓ we have a turd in the fish bowl. Dumb a$$, he wasn’t talking about pim…. just the fact that brown should keep his elbows down! Ohhh and maybe not dive soooo much.

      • Anoesis - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        Thanks for the cheap shot. Hope you enjoyed your team losing its first home opener as much as I did.

    • moler2001 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      It is twice as amazing when you consider how they absolutely steamrolled through the playoffs in 2012. Second fewest games in history I think? 4-1, 4-0, 4-1, 4-2. I guess they played 6-7-5 this past season

  3. blomfeld - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    “the Minnesota Wild have never lost their home opener at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul” …

    well so much for that eh ? :)

    GKG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. aldog83 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    UPDATE:

    Minnesota Wild now 11-1-1 in home openers!!!

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!

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