ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The struggling Los Angeles
Kings try to halt a 12-game winless skid at a place they have
experienced success when they visit the Xcel Energy Center to
face the Minnesota Wild.
Los Angeles is 0-3-8-1 since a 4-2 win over Edmonton on December
16. It is the Kings' longest since a franchise-record 16-game
slide from December 26, 1981-January 27, 1982.
However, the Kings are unbeaten in their last five visits to St.
Paul (3-0-2) since losing their first road game against the
Wild on December 22, 2000. They are 5-5-2 all time vs. the
The Kings are winless in their last six road games (0-3-3)
after opening their current four-game trip with a 0-0 tie
against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
Roman Chechmanek stopped 29 shots en route to his fifth shutout
of the season for Los Angeles, which had a 33-29 advantage in
The Kings have tied four of their last five games, falling to
1-4-9 in overtime this season
Minnesota is 1-1-1 on a five-game homestand following Monday's
3-3 tie against Nashville.
Sergei Zholtok scored the game-tying goal with 14 seconds left
in the third period for the Wild, who have just one win in their
last 10 games (1-3-6).
Richard Park and defenseman Filip Kuba also had goals for
Minnesota, which has just one power-play goal in its last 35
The Wild played their second straight game without center Wes
Walz, who is sidelined with a separated shoulder.