Wild hoping to get offense going, halt three-game skid

Minnesota (15-10-1) at Los Angeles (11-12-4), 4:00 pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) — It’s not hard to figure out why the
Minnesota Wild have been struggling.

Defensive-minded coach Jacques Lemaire and the Wild are looking
to end their offensive woes and snap a three-game losing streak
against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Antti Miettinen scored the team’s lone goal Thursday as
Minnesota suffered a 3-1 setback to the Phoenix Coyotes, who had
not defeated the Wild since November 14, 2006.

Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves but did not get much help from
the offense, which has managed two goals during the current
losing streak.

“You’ve got to stay positive and keep working,” Lemaire said.
“We are looking to get more shots, talked about getting more
shots, getting the pucks at the net and getting tips. I thought
our power play did fine. The only thing is, we didn’t score.”

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The Kings’ power-play unit helped the team pick up their second
win in six games. Captain Dustin Brown scored twice on the
power play en route to his first career hat trick as Los Angeles
posted a 6-2 victory over the Blues on Thursday.

Anze Kopitar netted a pair of goals and set up another and
Alexander Frolov also scored the Kings, who scored their first
three goals with the man-advantage.