A few takeaways following the
Goaltending an increasing concern
Goaldtending was always going to be an issue for the Kings after No. 1 goalie
Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff was pulled after two periods, making 11 saves and allowing five goals. Minnesota scored its first two goals from almost the same spot. The clear thing to do was to keep shooting, not always a given with the pass-first mentality of some players.
"All I know is that if I was playing, I'd shoot from everywhere," Minnesota Coach Bruce Boudreau said in his post-game news conference. "When you know you've got a goalie that's a bit rattled, you've got to get pucks at the net."
Room for error shrinking, fast
Statistics only tell part of the story. One example: The Kings held the edge in faceoffs, winning 52%, overall. But the
"We're just not playing good enough hockey," said Kings captain Anze Kopitar. "We're going to have to come back to work tomorrow and clean it up. We're giving up four and six goals. That's not going to cut it."
Penalty-killing helped turn the tide for the Wild
The Kings had an ideal opportunity to get back into it when they were trailing 2-1. They held a five-on-three man advantage of 49 seconds but were unable to capitalize.
Minnesota killed off all five Kings' power plays. The Wild is one of three teams in the league with a flawless penalty killing effort heading into Wednesday night's action. Florida and Arizona are the other two teams.