Kings at Wild pre-game notes and First Goal Contest

Can they make it stick? That’s one of the two big questions entering tonight’s Kings game in Minnesota.

A little over a week ago the Kings vaulted themselves to the top of the Pacific Division standings on the strength of a six-game winning streak. It was short lived though, as a tough home loss to Boston temporarily set them back. Captain Dustin Brown was still confident in the locker room that night, saying that if the team gave a similar effort in their remaining games, he liked their chances. They’ve gone 2-1 since then and have a chance to hold onto first place if they can beat the Wild.

The other big question is who will start in goal. Jonathan Bernier would seem to be the obvious choice, especially considering the Kings didn’t even get to the hotel until about 3:00 this morning. However, Jonathan Quick faced a season low 14 shots last night. And with coach Darryl Sutter not afraid to give his number-one guy a heavy workload, anything is possible.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams and LA holds a 2-1 edge thus far. For a little trivia note, the first time the Kings and Wild ever met was on December 2, 2000. LA came away winners that night by the final score of 3-2 – getting goals by Luc Robitaille, Brian Smolinksi and Ziggy Palffy. Meanwhile, Minnesota picked up markers from Sergei Krivokrasov and Jim Dowd.

Back to tonight though…

Jeff Carter, who suffered an ankle injury late in Wednesday’s game vs. the Flames, will miss his second start. Brad Richardson will replace his spot in the line-up and is expected to play on the top line again, like he did last night vs. the Oilers.

As usual, MayorsManor will run a First Goal Contest tonight. If you win, you’ll be going to Monday’s game at Staples Center. It’s pretty easy to play, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Wild. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded a free pair of tickets.

To help you with your selection, the following stats may come in handy…

– Dustin Brown has 4 goals in 26 career games vs Minnesota

Anze Kopitar has 8 goals in 23 games

– Justin Williams has 4 goals in 15 games

Mike Richards has 0 goals in 8 games

– Jarret Stoll has 8 goals in 39 games

– Brad Richardson has 5 goal in 23 games

– Doughty has 2 goals in 14 games

Of course, feel free to take any of the other Kings players. Just remember that Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske are the likely scratches.

Good luck!

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Comments

  1. Kopitar….

  2. Brown

  3. Richards!! GKG!

  4. Ruben Arredondo says:

    Kopitar!!!

  5. Bill Norris says:

    Justin Williams tonight

  6. Williams

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Willie Mitchell

  8. Bradey Levinson says:

    Doughty!!

  9. John Hernandez says:

    Mike Richards!

  10. Clifford

  11. Alec Martinez

  12. Kinger! Dwight will keep rolling after his two assists last night!

  13. Lewis

  14. Dwight King

  15. Richards

  16. Williams!

  17. Dwight King

  18. Voynov

  19. Mike Richards.

  20. Kopitar

  21. Williams!!!!

  22. A king. Lol. Richardson…. But I don’t care as long as we win!!’ GO KINGS GO!!!

  23. geneucla says:

    Doughty

  24. Kyle grotefend says:

    I think anze kopitar will score the first goal of the game

  25. I’m gonna go with D. King, again, and this time Kopi’s gonna keep his fat stick out of the way.

  26. Matt Greene

  27. Kopitar

  28. Kopitar!!

  29. Voynov

  30. Primo00001 says:

    Brown. I guessed right yesterday, so when do i get my tickets? Just playing about the tickets.

  31. Williams

  32. Kristina says:

    once again…I’ll say Penner :)

  33. Kopitar.

  34. Kopitar

  35. Jarrett Stoll

  36. joeball dunham says:

    stoll. he is way overdue. I mean way overdue.

  37. Blueline says:

    Dustin Brown gets it done!

  38. Williams

  39. brown

  40. Justin Williams!

  41. Rocio Escareno says:

    Mike Richards

  42. Richards will get it tonight!

  43. Christie says:

    Lewis. He’s been working hard lately.

  44. Richards

  45. Brian Vincent says:

    First goal Williams! Go Kings Go!

  46. Justin Williams woot woot

  47. Stoll

    GO KINGS GO!!

  48. Kopitar

  49. Clifford!!!

  50. Matt Greenes stunt double says:

    Greener!! :)

  51. Sam Reyes says:

    Penner! I believe, I believe! #gokingsgo

  52. Let’s go with #25 Dustin Penner

  53. Penner

  54. Christina says:

    #pennercakes. He’s due

  55. Stoll!

  56. Anze Kopitar

  57. kopitar

  58. Mike Richards

  59. Richards

  60. Anthony Flores says:

    Williams…

  61. Richardson… always makes me happy to see him get a shot out there.

  62. Kenneth59 says:

    Richardson

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  63. Kopitar!!!!!

  64. Veronica Valenzuela says:

    Anze Kopitar!

  65. Ruben Sanchez says:

    Dustin Brown!!!

  66. Christopher Beltran says:

    Anze Kopitar

  67. Voynov!!!!

  68. Marty Laudig says:

    CLIFFORD!

  69. Mitchell

  70. Jen Dorkin says:

    That would be Dustin Brown. Go Kings!

  71. Richardson

  72. Brittany says:

    I’ll go with Alec Martinez tonight

  73. Stolli. He needs it big time!

  74. Dustin Brown!!

  75. kingsgirl35 says:

    MARTINEZ! :)

  76. Voynov

  77. Alec Martinez!

  78. frank gratrix says:

    Doughty

  79. Tatum thomas says:

    Kopi