– Terry Murray did some mild shuffling of the defensive pairings. Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson, the Kings’ top young defensemen, were paired together while their former partners, Matt Greene and Sean O’Donnell, made up the second defensive pairing. Peter Harrold and Kyle Quincey were the third pair, but that could change again on Wednesday, as defenseman Denis Gauthier is eligible to return from his two-game suspension.
–The Kings went to a shootout for the fourth time in their last eight games. They improved to 4-7 in shootouts for the season. They had lost three of their previous four shootouts.
– The Kings had previously been 3-18-6 when allowing the first goal.
– The Kings are 3-0 against the Wild this season, with a March 7 home game remaining.
– Jonathan Quick, coming off arguably his worst game of the season, started in goal and stopped 23 of 24 shots. Quick allowed five goals in Saturday’s loss to Phoenix but has now won six consecutive road games.
– Dustin Brown missed the game to stay in Los Angeles with his wife, who gave birth to the couple’s second child on Monday night. Brown had played all 58 games for the Kings before Tuesday and has missed only eight of a possible 305 games since the start of the 2005-06 season.
–Teddy Purcell, called up from Manchester on Monday to take the roster spot of Brown, played on the third line alongside LW Kyle Calder and C Jarret Stoll. Purcell was credited with two shots on goal and played 13 minutes, 2 seconds.
– Jack Johnson second a second-period goal. He has three goals and one assist in 18 games this season. Johnson was credited with the goal after it was deflected in by a Minnesota defenseman.
– Sean O’Donnell was designated as an alternative captain because of the absence of team captain Dustin Brown. O’Donnell was the first captain of the Minnesota Wild, in 2000-01.
– The Kings outshot the Wild 25-24.
– The Kings were 1-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill but allowed a shorthanded goal.
– Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, at 25:28. Alexander Frolov played 25:08 to lead all Kings forwards.
– Patrick O’Sullivan, Wayne Simmonds and Kyle Calder tied for the team high with four shots on goal each.