Wild eager to maintain positioning among NHL’s best vs. Kings

Wild eager to maintain positioning among NHL’s best vs. Kings

The Minnesota Wild can match their second-longest winning streak in franchise history when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.The Wild have won eight consecutive games to grab the most points in the Western Conference (39) heading into the weekend. The longest winning streak in franchise history is 12 in a row from Dec. 4-29, 2016. Minnesota also won nine straight during the 2006-07 season.”We want to be the top team,” Jordan Greenway said. “We want to stay on top. In order for us to do that, we have to continue to do the things that got us here.”The Wild are getting contributions from a variety of sources.Greenway scored two goals in a 5-2 win at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, doubling his goal total on the season.Kirill Kaprizov scored his 10th goal of the season, becoming the fourth member of the Wild to reach double figures.Defensively, Minnesota has limited the opposition to two goals or fewer in seven of the past eight games.”We’re happy that the guys keep doing the right things,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “You could go the other way sometimes, and we’re not. We’re staying the course.”The Wild started the season on a positive note by winning their first four games, including a 3-2 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 16.That win seemed to carry over from last season, when the Wild went 6-2-0 against the Kings.Los Angeles is coming off one of its best games of the season, getting 27 saves from Jonathan Quick and goals from four different players in a 4-0 win against the visiting Dallas Stars on Thursday night.”That was an “A” game,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said.Cal Petersen has been alternating starts with Quick for most of the season and it would be his turn to start against the Wild.Petersen has made four career starts against Minnesota and is 2-1-1 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

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