WATCH LIVE: Wild host Kings on NBCSN
NBCSN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with Tuesday night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and the Minnesota Wild with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
Minnesota returns home after losing at Philadelphia last night, 7-4 – tying their most goals allowed in a game this season. The Wild jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and led 3-2 in the second period before the Flyers scored three straight to take a 5-3 lead into the third. Ryan Suter scored in the third to cut the deficit to one but that was as close as the Wild got, ultimately falling to the Flyers, who sit last in the Metropolitan Division.
Zach Parise leads the team with 41 points (19G-22A) and is averaging 0.93 pts/game – his best since 2009-10 (1.01 w/ NJ). He has 12 points (four goals) over the last 10 games. He’s on pace for 35 goals this season, which would be his most since that 2009-10 campaign.
This game begins a road-heavy stretch for the Kings, who will play nine of their next 10 games away from Staples Center. Tonight marks the start of a three-game road trip, followed by one home game against the Blues, before a six-game East Coast road trip.
Ilya Kovalchuk has gone 10 straight games without a goal, but he has three assists in his last four games and his play has improved in the eyes of Kings head coach Willie Desjardins. In November and December, Kovalchuk had been buried in the lineup and even played as little as 6:20 in a game (on Nov. 25 vs. Edmonton). But his usage has increased lately and he played 20:53 on Saturday, his third-highest total of the season, and most under Desjardins. [WATCH LIVE – COVERAGE BEGINS AT 7 P.M. ET – NBCSN]
What: Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild Where: Xcel Energy Center When: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. ET TV: NBCSN Live stream: You can watch the Kings-Wild stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app. [Should Wild’s future include Bruce Boudreau?]
KINGS Ilya Kovalchuk - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown Alex Iafallo - Jeff Carter - Brendan Leipsic Carl Hagelin - Adrian Kempe - Tyler Toffoli Kyle Clifford - Nate Thompson - Matt Luff
Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez Dion Phaneuf - Oscar Fantenberg
Starting goalie: Jonathan Quick
WILD Jordan Greenway - Eric Staal - Nino Niederreiter Zach Parise - Charlie Coyle - Luke Kunin Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund Marcus Foligno - Joel Eriksson Ek - Matt Hendricks
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon Jonas Brodin - Greg Pateryn Nick Seeler - Nate Prosser
Starting goalie: Alex Stalock
Alex Faust (play-by-play) and Jim Fox (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from Xcel Energy Center.