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Kings blank Wild 4-0 in comeback from COVID

The punchless effort was Minnesota’s first game since Feb. 2 because of a COVID-19 outbreak, and their lineup was a patchwork affair of NHL vets and minor leaguers.
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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Tobias Bjornfot, left, and Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Jaret Anderson-Dolan had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 28 saves as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0.

It was Minnesota’s first game since Feb. 2 because of a COVID-19 outbreak that infected nearly half the team. With a handful of players still either on the COVID protocol list or injured, the lineup was filled with minor leaguers and taxi squad members. In fact, four of six defensemen were playing their first Wild game this season. Rookie Calen Addison, acquired in last season's Jason Zucker trade, was making his NHL debut. 

Trevor Moore, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, while backup goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen made 25 saves for Minnesota.

The Wild continue their COVID comeback Thursday in Anaheim. Meanwhile, the NHL schedule-makers have announced the following adjustments to the team's itinerary, to make up games lost during the team's shutdown.

  • Minnesota at San Jose, originally scheduled for April 23, is now scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 p.m. CT
  • Minnesota at Colorado, originally scheduled for Feb. 4, is now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. CT
  • Arizona at Minnesota, originally scheduled for Feb. 6, is now scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. CT
  • St. Louis at Minnesota, originally scheduled for Feb. 11, is now scheduled for Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. CT
  • Minnesota at St. Louis, originally scheduled for April 11, is now scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. CT
  • St. Louis at Minnesota, originally scheduled for Feb. 9, is now scheduled for Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. CT
  • Arizona at Minnesota, originally scheduled for Feb. 7, is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. CT
  • Minnesota at Los Angeles, originally scheduled for Feb. 13, is now scheduled for Friday, April 23 at 9 p.m. CT