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6 Things To Watch For Today On Fox Sports West

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS (35-22-6) at JETS (30-26-7)


This is the second of three meetings with the Winnipeg Jets this season, and the second and final meeting at Manitoba’s MTS Centre. The Kings fell to the Jets in their second game of the regular season on October 4, seeing a fruitful third period comeback effort fall short in a 5-3 loss. The Kings are 0-1-1 against the Jets since their franchise relocated from Atlanta, Georgia prior to the 2011-2012 campaign.

JETS FUELED: Since Winnipeg relieved Claude Noel of his head coaching duties on January 12, the Jets have soared. At the time of Noel’s firing, Winnipeg sat dead last in the Central Division, 10 points outside of the West’s final wild-card spot. Since Paul Maurice has taken the helm in Winnipeg, the Jets have gone 11-3-2 and now sit just one point behind the Dallas Stars for the West’s final wild-card playoff berth.

Marian Gaborik, who General Manager Dean Lombardi acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday in a trade for Matt Frattin, a 2nd Round pick, and a conditional 3rd Round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is expected to meet the Kings in Winnipeg tonight. Gaborik will likely make his debut in a Kings uniform Sunday evening in Edmonton.

QUICK AND COMPLETE: Jonathan Quick has recorded a win against all 30 NHL franchises, but only 29 teams. Quick surrendered four goals on 27 shots in his first-career appearance against the Winnipeg Jets on October 4.

Can Jonathan Quick, who has won four straight games, stopping 66 of 68 shots directed his way in his three starts back from the Olympic break, beat the Winnipeg Jets for the first time in his career to complete his NHL-team victory list, and for the first time in Kings history?

THRASHING THROUGH: The Kings are riding a five-game winning streak into tonight’s bout in Manitoba, winning all four of their games back from the Olympic break, now 10 points separated from the Phoenix Coyotes for the Pacific Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot. Can the Kings continue their surge against the ‘ol Thrashers tonight?

WIN-IPEG: The Kings have played the Jets twice since their franchise relocated from Atlanta, Georgia in 2011, both times at MTS Centre, both games losses. The Kings fell 1-0 in OT on December 29, 2011, and most recently, 5-3 on October 4.

The Kings almost overcame a 4-1 third period deficit in their last visit to Winnipeg on October 4, bringing the game to 4-3 with 4:46 to play, only to see Winnipeg secure the game with an empty net goal with :48 seconds to play.


Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 3:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene from Winnipeg’s MTS Centre for puck drop at 4:00PM PT.
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