KINGS (29-20-12) at JETS (31-20-12)
1:00PM OT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
SET FOR JETS: Today marks the third and final meeting with Winnipeg this season, and the Kings’ first visit to the MTS Centre. The Kings are 1-0-1 against the Jets this season; both games played at STAPLES Center. The Jets are playing the third of a four-game home stand, where they’ve gone 1-0-1 thus far; they’re coming off of a 2-1 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. The Kings are playing the second of their three-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
LINEUP NOTES: The Kings practiced in El Segundo at the Toyota Sports Center on Saturday morning prior to catching their flight to Winnipeg. Jonathan Quick left the ice first, so he’s expected to start. No line rushes were held, so there are no indications that there will be any other changes to the Kings’ lineup. Here’s how the lines panned out Friday night in Anaheim:
GABORIK – KOPITAR – BROWN
KING – CARTER – TOFFOLI
LEWIS – STOLL – WILLIAMS
CLIFFORD – SHORE – NOLAN
MUZZIN – DOUGHTY
REGEHR - SEKERA
MCNABB – GREENE
PLAYOFF PUSH: Today’s contest has major implications for both the Jets and the Kings. Both clubs find themselves on the cusp of a playoff spot; the Kings sitting at third in the Pacific Division, the Jets sitting in the Western Conference’s first of two wild-card spots. Winnipeg has 74 points to the Kings’ 70, but the Kings have two games in-hand on the Jets.
SPECIAL APPROACH: The Kings concentrated on special teams, namely the power play, during Saturday’s practice in El Segundo. The Kings have only executed on one power play opportunity in their previous four games, going 1-for-11 during that span. The Kings’ penalty kill, however, has been rock solid as of late; they’ve only surrendered one power play goal to opposition in the past 11 games, successfully killing off 25 of the opposition’s 26 power play opportunities.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous visit to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre on March 6 of last season, they beat the Jets 3-1; It was Marian Gaborik’s first game with the Kings. The Jets struck first to take a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Kings responded with three unanswered goals from Dustin Brown, Mike Richards, and Alec Martinez. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in the win. The Kings are 1-1-1 when playing at the MTS Centre since the Jets franchise relocated from Atlanta, Georgia prior to the 2011-’12 campaign.
BROWN IN TOWN
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the KINGS LIVE pregame show at 12:30PM PT on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from the MTS Centre for puck drop at 1:00.