LOS ANGELES – After a slow start to the abbreviated season, the LA Kings have strung together a series of decent outings that has seen them climb the standings in the Pacific. They suffered a 3-1 setback at the hands of the reeling Coyotes in Glendale this week and the loss threw cold water on their aspirations for catching the Anaheim Ducks in the race for first in the division. The Ducks have played as if on a mission this season and the Kings have dealt with the inevitable let down following the Cup in June.
Before the trade deadline, the Kings landed veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres.
LA head coach Darryl Sutter coached Regehr while both were in Calgary with the Flames.
“I’m really, really happy for a few different reasons,” he told the Kings’ website when asked about the being traded. “First of all, being in a position to win again and with a team that has proven it can do it in the past and wants to do it again. So I’m very excited about that, and also familiar with Darryl as a coach and knowing his style and how demanding he is, and a couple of the players even from previous hockey experiences.”
The Kings entertain the Minnesota Wild tonight with both clubs looking to reverse recent trends including the Wild’s loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.
The Kings enter the match at 20-13-3 and are 6-3-1 in their last ten.
The Wild come into LA riding a 7-3-0 streak with a 21-13-2 record.
Jason Pomminville makes his debut tonight for the Wild. Minnesota picked up at the deadline and is expected to skate with right wing with Mikko Koivu and Zach.
Parise is familiar with Pomminville from his time with the Devils.
“I think you look at the way he’s been used,” Parise said on NHL.com. “He plays power play, he plays penalty kill. He puts pucks in the net, he makes plays and he gets points.
Both teams will look to get their newcomers acclimated to their new teams and lines. And this is the first real test for both clubs heading into the home stretch of the shortened season.
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