Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) has gone 13 games without a goal. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )
Good teammate that he is, center Anze Kopitar was happy about winger Dustin Brown's two-goal performance Sunday in the Kings' 4-3 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars.
"We need everybody going. It was nice to see him get a couple," Kopitar said. "Hopefully, I will get a couple soon too."
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Kopitar has gone 13 games without a goal and has one goal in his last 17 games. However, he has nine assists in his last nine games and 11 in his last 13, helping ensure the Kings will have no worse than the No. 6 playoff seeding in the Western Conference. They can still finish as high as fourth.
Despite his goal-scoring struggles, Kopitar is headed for his sixth straight team scoring title. He has 10 goals and 41 points with three games left. Next are Jeff Carter (25 goals, 32 points) and Mike Richards (12 goals, 32 points).
Coach Darryl Sutter said he's not fretting over Kopitar's drought.
"He's playing well — he just can't finish," Sutter said. "He's handling the puck well and I'm really not worried about that part of it. I'm worried about the whole package, always."
The Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Assn. nominated goalie Jonathan Bernier for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
Bernier, 24, didn't play during the Kings' Stanley Cup run last season but has played a key role this season while Jonathan Quick recovered from back surgery. Bernier ranks among the NHL leaders with a 1.86 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 13 games.
Separately, players nominated Brown for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
When: 5 PDT.
Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 1150.
Record vs. Wild: 1-0-1.
Etc.: The Kings have scored at least one power-play goal in eight straight games. They've killed 16 straight penalties and 48 of their last 53. The Wild has been outscored, 10-2, in losing its last two games.