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Mar 1, 2015
4:00 PM ET
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4:00 PM ET
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Jets forward Wheeler back in lineup to face Kings

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 2:21 PM

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

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Jets forward Wheeler back in lineup to face Kings
Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets

KINGS (29-20-12) at JETS (31-20-12)


WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets will have right wing Blake Wheeler in their lineup when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

The Jets activated Wheeler from injured reserve Sunday and assigned forward Carl Klingberg to St. John's of the American Hockey League. Wheeler had missed the past two games because of a lower-body injury.

Winnipeg did not hold a morning skate Sunday, but Wheeler practiced Saturday on the Jets' third line with center Adam Lowry and left wing Chris Thorburn. The 28-year-old has 16 goals and 28 assists, and his 44 points rank third among all Winnipeg scorers.

Winnipeg has a one-point lead on the Minnesota Wild for the first Western Conference wild-card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Jets finish their four-game homestand Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators before beginning a four-game road trip.

Los Angeles has lost its past two games after an eight-game winning streak and is three points behind the Vancouver Canucks for second place in the Pacific Division. The Kings' three-game road trip ends Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Before the Kings flew to Winnipeg, they practiced their special-teams play, according to the Kings website. Though the Kings' penalty kill has allowed one goal in its past 11 games (25-for-26), their power play is 1-for-11 in its past four games.

The website also reported that defenseman Robyn Regehr skated after being hit in the hand/wrist by a shot in a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Los Angeles did not have a morning skate Sunday and Regehr's status for the game is not confirmed.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to start for Los Angeles. Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson is expected to start for the sixth time in the past seven games.

Here are the projected lineups:


Marian GaborikAnze KopitarDustin Brown

Dwight KingJeff CarterTyler Toffoli

Trevor LewisJarret StollJustin Williams

Kyle CliffordNick ShoreJordan Nolan

Jake MuzzinDrew Doughty

Robyn RegehrAndrej Sekera

Brayden McNabbMatt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Jamie McBain

Suspended: Slava Voynov

Injured: Alec Martinez (concussion)


Andrew LaddBryan LittleMichael Frolik

Jiri TlustyMark ScheifeleDrew Stafford

Chris ThorburnAdam LowryBlake Wheeler

TJ GaliardiJim SlaterAnthony Peluso

Jay HarrisonDustin Byfuglien

Toby EnstromTyler Myers

Mark StuartJacob Trouba

Michael Hutchinson

Ondrej Pavelec

Scratched: Eric O'Dell, Adam Pardy, Paul Postma

Injured: Ben Chiarot (undisclosed) Grant Clitsome (back), Matt Halischuk (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (lower body)

Status report: Before Jones played in the Kings' 4-2 loss to the Ducks, Quick had played the past 16 games…The start was the first for Jones since Jan. 14…Before missing his past two games, Wheeler had last missed a game in the 2011-12 season.

Who's hot: Scheifele and Frolik each have a three-game points streak. Scheifele has two goals and two assists, and set a new career-best with his 35th point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Frolik has two goals and an assist in his past three games.

Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 01 '15 4:00 PM ET at Jets
Jan 10 '15 WPG 5 at LAK 4 - SO B. Little
Oct 12 '14 WPG 1 at LAK 4 A. Kopitar
J. Carter61182846+52673
A. Kopitar58123345-4863
T. Toffoli55191938+192011
D. Doughty6153136+54801
M. Gaborik48171633+51472
J. Williams60161329+22542
J. Muzzin5562228-41633
D. Brown61101424-72213
D. King60101121-31301
A. Sekera5821719-8810
B. McNabb5511718+43700
A. Martinez4551217+11810
T. Pearson4212416+141413
T. Lewis528816+5802
J. Stoll616915+75032
M. Richards4751015-73911
K. Clifford593710+16600
J. McBain26369+4410
R. Regehr46189+73700
M. Greene61268+24600
J. Nolan39404-52701
N. Shore16022-2400
S. Voynov6022+0200
J. Schultz9011+1400
A. Andreoff12000+01600
D. Van Der Gulik1000+0000
J. Quick5225-16-1011914052.35.915
M. Jones124-4-2252692.28.907
B. Little63242650+91893
A. Ladd63203050+126674
B. Wheeler61162844+126713
D. Byfuglien63152641+610733
M. Perreault56181836+33652
M. Scheifele63102535+42422
M. Frolik63131932+31623
D. Stafford57101727-184131
J. Tlusty53131023-171660
E. Kane37101222-15641
J. Trouba4771219+32010
T. Myers5451318-156710
T. Enstrom4441418+32210
A. Lowry617916-23402
Z. Bogosian4131013+14000
M. Stuart5211112+45500
C. Thorburn626410-57001
J. Harrison39358-45910
B. Chiarot36268+52200
J. Slater63257-24300
M. Halischuk38257+2601
P. Postma41246+21420
A. Pardy37055+03800
G. Clitsome24044+4800
A. Peluso43112-16900
T. Galiardi37101-9200
C. Klingberg2000-1000
P. Cormier1000+0000
J. Brouillette1000+0000
E. O'Dell1000-1200
M. Hutchinson3118-7-5688492.29.920
O. Pavelec3613-13-7899772.60.909