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Mar 1, 2015
4:00 PM ET
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Wheeler could be back for Jets against Kings

Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 9:51 PM

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

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Wheeler could be back for Jets against Kings
Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets

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


Season series: The Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets split two games at Staples Center. Winnipeg won 5-4 in a shootout on Jan. 10. Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty has four assists.

Kings team scope: Before departing for Winnipeg, Los Angeles practiced its special-teams play, according to the Kings website. Their power play is 1-for-11 in its past four games, and their penalty kill has allowed one goal in its past 11 games (25-for-26). The website 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. Goalie Jonathan Quick, whose streak of 16 consecutive starts ended Friday, is expected to start. The Kings have lost their past two games after an eight-game winning streak and are 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.

Jets team scope: Right wing Blake Wheeler practiced Saturday after missing the past two games because of a lower-body injury. "If [Wheeler] comes to the rink [Sunday] feeling the way that he did today, he'll be in the lineup, yes," coach Paul Maurice told the Jets website. Wheeler skated with center Adam Lowry and left wing Chris Wheeler to avoid disrupting the first two lines. "I really liked how [the top two lines] looked [in a 2-1 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday]," Maurice said. The loss ended a four-game home winning streak; Winnipeg has a three-point lead for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has started five of the past six games. The Jets end their homestand Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators then begin a four-game road trip.

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