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Wild at Kings: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

Kaapo Kahkonen #34 and Jonas Brodin #25 of the Minnesota Wild defend against Alex Iafallo #19 and Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on January 28, 2021 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild are set to return tonight after temporarily suspending operations due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among their players. They last face the Colorado Avalanche in a 2-1 loss on February 2.

That pause also postponed the first meeting of this two-game series against the Los Angeles Kings scheduled for last Saturday, taking away the tension that comes with seeing the same team twice in a row.

But the Kings have plenty of frustration with the Wild as it is, having face them four times already in January. The Kings won just one of those four games so far.

Here’s everything you need to know to tune in:

Lines

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Alex Iafallo — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown
Adrian Kempe — Michael Amadio — Jeff Carter
Lias Andersson — Gabriel Vilardi — Austin Wagner
Carl Grundstrom — Jaret Anderson-Dolan — Trevor Moore

Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty
Kurtis MacDermid — Matt Roy
Olli Maatta — Kale Clague

Calvin Petersen
Jonathan Quick

Expected Scratches: Blake Lizotte, Andreas Athanasiou, Matt Luff

Injured Reserve: Martin Frk (lower body), Sean Walker (upper body)

MINNESOTA WILD

Zach Parise — Joel Eriksson Ek — Kevin Fiala
Jordan Greenway — Marcus Johansson — Kirill Kaprizov
Marcus Foligno — Nick Bjugstad — Ryan Hartman
Mats Zuccarello — Luke Johnson — Gerald Mayhew

Ryan Suter — Calen Addison
Dakota Mermis — Matt Dumba
Matt Bartkowski — Louie Belpedio

Kaapo Kahkonen
Andrew Hammond

Expected Scratches: Nico Sturm, Nick Bonino, Ian Cole

Injured Reserve: Jared Spurgeon (upper body), Alex Stalock (upper body)

COVID-19 Protocol: Victor Rask, Jonas Brodin, Brad Hunt, Carson Soucy, Cam Talbot

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin and Fox Sports North+, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv and ESPN+.

Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!