Wild at Kings roster notes, including a first NHL start

Some quick notes on tonight’s game, featuring the Minnesota Wild’s second (and final) trip to Staples Center this season:

– Coach Terry Murray was right yesterday, both Alec Martinez and Willie Mitchell won’t be in the line-up tonight. However, in a reversal from the way things looked 24 hours ago, it’s Martinez who will play. To create the roster spot for #27’s removal from IR, Mitchell was added to IR – retroactive to December 1st, as his groin hasn’t fully recovered.

– The status of Justin Williams is still TBD. He skated this morning, but his availability for tonight will be a game-time decision. Brad Richardson will skate in warm-ups tonight and will get the call if #14 isn’t ready to go.

Trevor Lewis will go back in the line-up tonight, playing right wing on the fourth line. Apparently, he’s shown the necessary grit in practice the last few days.

– As of now, the lines appear to be:

Dustin Penner – Anze Koptiar – Dustin Brown
Simon Gagne – Jarret Stoll – Williams/Richardson
Ethan Moreau – Andrei Loktionov – Trent Hunter
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Trevor Lewis

Of course, that’s all subject to change on a shift by shift basis.

UPDATE: The plan now is to flip-flop Stoll and Loktionov. So, Stoll returns to the third line.

– For the Wild, they’ve announced Matt Hackett will make his first NHL start in net. He came on in relief the other night vs. San Jose and earned his first victory. Hackett was selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft and played junior hockey in the OHL. Last season he was the starting goalie for the Wild’s AHL farm team, the Houston Aeros – who lost the championship in a six-game series with Binghamton. Former Kings defenseman Darryl Sydor was the assistant coach on that team (he’s now an assistant with the Wild) and former Kings draft pick Patrick O’Sullivan played forward for them. In his junior days, Hackett was teammates with future Kings draft picks Jordan Nolan and Robbie Czarnik.

Devin Setoguchi was placed on IR earlier today by the Wild. He’ll miss the action tonight at Staples Center.

Game time is 7:30pm PST.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Patrick O’Sullivan reflects on his days with the Kings

Interview with Robbie Czarnik – the forgotten Kings prospect

Dr. Terry Murray with the latest updates from the infirmary – notes on Richards, Mitchell, etc.

Trevor Lewis responds to benching, coach Terry Murray’s comments

Dustin Penner says Corey Perry was ‘mlking it’ after he hit him

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

This Date in LA Kings History: September 23

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Dan Bonar, who was born on September 23, 1956.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/jTCqp9ApxQ
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 23, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Dixon Ward, who was born on September 23, 1968.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/ylNS2abpmI
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 23, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Donald Audette, who was born […]

This Date in LA Kings History: September 22

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Carl Mokosak, who was born on September 22, 1962.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/rpKu3G85js
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 22, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings defenseman Craig Redmond, who was born on September 22, 1965.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/DXBTA4zW2W
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 22, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Brandy Semchuk, who was born […]

This Date in LA Kings History: September 21

Happy birthday to former @LAKings defenseman Petr Prajsler, who was born on September 21, 1965.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/XRApq9liVt
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 21, 2020

On September 21, 1992, Marcel Dionne was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dionne's storied career includes an Art Ross Trophy, two Lady Byng Trophies and two Pearson Awards. Dionne still holds […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Ryan O’Rourke, OHL Defenseman

In a previous article, we examined a player the Kings could be targeting for their second selection at the 2020 NHL Draft - meaning, after they take somebody in the No. 2 overall position. For context, MayorsManor editor … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.

Comments