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Kings visit Jets in search of sixth straight win

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com

KINGS (5-3-0) at JETS (5-2-1)

TV: FS-W, TSN3

WINNIPEG -- The Los Angeles Kings can extend their winning streak to six games when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

The game finishes a two-game Canadian road trip for the Kings, who started the season 0-3-0.

"When we're playing confidently as a team, we're a very good team," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We all know that too. But it takes everybody every night. We can't have some guys showing up one night and some taking it off. We need everybody showing up collectively, and that's how we're going to win games."

Winnipeg is 2-1-1 on its six-game homestand and will pose a challenge for Los Angeles with aggressive size and speed.

"[The biggest challenge is] probably the early part of the game," Doughty said. "They always come out really hard in this building. They'll be hitting us, trying to get pucks in deep and really run us down, but we've seen that before, and we know what to expect."

A hot power play has helped fuel the Kings' winning streak. Los Angeles is 4-for-8 in its past three games.

"I think we've scored some big goals, timely goals, and our special teams has been good," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

The Kings play six of their next eight games at Staples Center and could build a firm hold in the Pacific Division. But Sutter's focus will be handling Winnipeg's fast start at home.

"It's a tough rink [to visit], that's for sure," Sutter said. "That's one thing that they have created in the past couple of years, an identity in the building,"

But the Kings, who have outscored opponents 14-4 during the winning streak, look like the team that has won two Stanley Cup championships in the past four seasons, Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

"Their game is unique, and I think that in part is why they have been so successful," Maurice said. "What you have seen in [recent] games is they look so much closer to the Kings that we have in our heads as their identity. Their game now is strong, they finish their checks, they're moving quickly, they have lots of confidence in the defensive parts of their game, and they're patient again.

"They'll run their routes, finish their checks, put pucks at the net, do all of the little hard things that they are so good at, and they do it with patience now because the confidence [is back]. They are as challenging now for us to play as they ever have been."

Goalie Jonathan Quick will start for Los Angeles, Sutter said. Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start for Winnipeg.

Here are the projected lineups:

KINGS

Marian GaborikAnze KopitarDustin Brown

Milan LucicJeff CarterTyler Toffoli

Tanner PearsonNick ShoreTrevor Lewis

Kyle CliffordAndy AndreoffJordan Nolan

Brayden McNabbDrew Doughty

Jake MuzzinAlec Martinez

Jamie McBainChristian Ehrhoff

Jonathan Quick

Jhonas Enroth

Injured: Dwight King (foot), Matt Greene (upper body)

Scratched: Derek Forbort, Jordan Weal

JETS

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Mathieu PerreaultMark ScheifeleNikolaj Ehlers

Alexander BurmistrovAdam LowryDrew Stafford

Chris ThorburnAndrew CoppNic Petan

Toby EnstromDustin Byfuglien

Ben ChiarotTyler Myers

Mark StuartJacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Adam Pardy, Anthony Peluso, Paul Postma

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back)

Who's hot: Lucic has a goal and three assists in his three-game points streak. …Wheeler has an NHL career-high eight-game point streak (four goals, seven assists). … Stafford has four goals in his past three games.

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