Playoff points on the line as the Los Angeles Kings fight the Minnesota Wild

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 5: Adrian Kempe /

The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild are on pins and needles ahead of their playoff-impacting Monday matchup.

With points at a premium just a few weeks from the end of the 201718 NHL season, two Western Conference foes will tangle for the coveted two points.

The Minnesota Wild and standout goalie Devan Dubnyk will play the final game of their West Coast swing as they head home and rest until Saturday. The trip so far has been mixed, with three wins and two losses. The team looked good in wins against the Arizona Coyotes, Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks, but looked average in losses to the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers.

The Kings have begun to play more like the team fans are accustomed to seeing — a team that has won the Stanley Cup twice in the last five seasons. Much like in those seasons, their play as of late has been all over the place, from brilliant defensive efforts and clutch goal scoring by Jeff Carter to head scratchers in a blowout loss to the St. Louis Blues and a three-nothing shutout to the New Jersey Devils on Saturdkay.

Here is everything you need to know to watch the Los Angeles Kings battle the Minnesota Wild.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild

Date: Thursday Mar. 15

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles

Time: 7 p.m. ET


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The Wild’s No. 2 line of Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle has started to be the go-to line for the a Wild team looking to make a playoff push with just a handful of games to go. If you’re looking for a player to watch, it’s Nino Niederreiter, who is putting the puck on net and has a goal and an assist in the last two games. His strong play has put him on the top power play line with Parise and Koivu. With Dubnyk starting to play his game, the Wild will be a tough task for the Kings.

The Kings are a tough team to figure out as to whether or not they are ready for a playoff run. One night they look unbeatable; the next, they can’t score a goal. Look for the usual suspects to stand out and be reliable tonight as Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty look to anchor a mix of veteran Cup winners and a talented core of youth. Jonathan Quick looks like he has overcome some mid-season injuries and has again emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL.

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