Tonight marks the first of three meetings this season against Winnipeg; the Kings will return to the MTS Centre on March 24, and the Jets will pay their only visit to STAPLES Center during the final game of the season on April 9. The Jets are playing the fifth of their six game home stand tonight, where they’ve gone 2-1-1 so far; they’re coming off of a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Kings are finishing up a two-game road trip, they’re coming off of a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT: The Kings, 2-0-0 on the road, have already gotten off to a much better start away from Los Angeles than they did last season. The Kings didn’t pick up their second road win until November 26 during the 2015-’15 campaign; they went 2-4-4 during their first 10 road games. With a win tonight, the Kings will have won three straight on the road, a streak they met three times last season, and eclipsed only once.
LINEUP: The Kings held an optional morning skate today; Jonathan Quick did not partake, but he is expected to start in net tonight. There were no changes to the Kings’ lines during Monday’s practice, so expect the club to skate the same way they did against the Oilers on Sunday evening.
GABORIK – KOPITAR – BROWN
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
MCBAIN – EHRHOFF
MANITOBA MISSION: The Kings went 1-1-1 in their three meetings against the Jets last season, but lost in their only visit to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, 5-2. Since the Jets relocated from Atlanta, Georgia, following the 2010-’11 campaign, the Kings have visited Winnipeg four times since then, posting a 1-2-1 record in those instances. Can the Kings pick up a win in the MTS Centre’s hostile confines tonight?
BABY VS. BLOGGER: Who does TRH baby pick to win tonight’s game?! Read the entire Royal Half game day preview HERE!
FIVE AND ALIVE: The Kings come into the night riding a five-game win streak; last season, the club strung together a six-game win streak from October 12 – 26, 2014, which actually began against the Jets. The Kings’ longest win streak last season was eight games, from February 7 – 24, 2015. Can the Kings win their sixth-straight game tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live pre game show at 4:30PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from the MTS Centre for puck drop just after 5:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the game live over the radio airwaves over at AM 790 KABC.