It is down to seven games remaining in the regular season for the
New-look Wild… not really
Minnesota has been transformed by the addition of goalie
The Kings had not played the Wild since Nov. 26, so this was the first time they experienced the Dubnyk Effect in Minnesota. He has recorded five shutouts with the Wild this season and his goals-against average is 1.70 since the trade.
“I don’t think the forwards or the defense are really playing much different than they did last year,” said Kings defenseman
"Now, by getting Dubnyk, he's playing really well for them and giving them confidence. It's fun to play in front of a goaltender that's like that. That's probably the biggest difference for their team."
Martin Jones was sharp in relief
Yes, backup goalie Martin Jones is still with the Kings. You see him working long and hard at practice, toiling away with the extra players on game-day skates.
This was the first time he appeared in a game since also playing in relief for Jonathan Quick at Winnipeg on March 1. Jones made nine saves, allowing the Wild's power-play goal late in the third period, giving the Kings a legitimate shot at staying in it.
Anze Kopitar line shut down
It was the first time on this trip that Anze Kopitar’s line was neutralized, and it occurred at the hands of
Kopitar’s five-game point scoring streak came to a halt and he was a minus-three. Linemate
Other numbers to ponder: Defensemen