Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Los Angeles leads 1-0

Game 1: Wednesday, January 14th
Game 2: Monday, January 26th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 10th
Game 4: Thursday, March 4th

Kings 2

(16-14-4, 46 pts)

Wild 2

(15-17-0, 43 pts)

8:00 PM ET, January 14, 2004

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

1 2 3 OT T
LA 0 2 0 02
MIN 1 1 0 02

D. Roloson (Wild - G): Saves: 44, Save Pct.: .957

S. Barney (Kings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

N. Schultz (Wild - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Los Angeles (16-19-4-0) at Minnesota (15-17-12-0) 8:00 pm EST

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 Wild.

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 shots.

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 chances.

The Wild played their second straight game without center Wes Walz, who is sidelined with a separated shoulder.